Thursday, December 2, 2021

The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall

Sometimes, when people occupy high positions within a corporation, the power and the prestige of it all goes to their head. And they carry out illegal schemes that result in tax fraud convictions. That’s what happened to Taressa Hightower, 60, of Grayson, Ga., who...

Across State Lines

Medicaid is a state-based insurance program meant to help cover medical costs for those with less income and financial resources. Unfortunately, Medicaid is also one of the largest targets of healthcare fraud throughout the country.  Current Georgia resident Markuetric Stringfellow has pleaded guilty to federal...

Fraud Intervention

The point of an intervention is to disrupt how something is being done so that change can occur. If done properly, interventions can help with alcohol or substance abuse, unruly adolescents, distressed families or children with severe emotional disturbances. The owner of a Fayetteville, Georgia organization...

COVID Feature: Unforeseen Consequences

To the dismay of all employees, there is no such thing as guaranteed job security. At the end of the day, businesses do what they need to do to stay financially secure and sometimes that means letting employees go. An unfortunate side effect of...

COVID Feature: Slice of the Pie

Six individuals from Georgia and South Carolina have been indicted for their role in a larger conspiracy to illegally obtain Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Through a COVID-19-related fraud scheme, these co-conspirators fraudulently procured millions in PPP loans for businesses located within the two...

Brazen

An Atlanta man has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for leading a fraud ring across the Southeast that netted $2.5 million in fraudulent Medicaid payments. Prosecutors say Matthew Harrell, 44, was the brains behind a four-person criminal ring that stole Medicaid information...

Fake It ‘Til You Make It

A family who owned and operated a counseling business in Georgia successfully faked a vast amount of documents, then submitted them to Medicaid. Their fraudulent efforts paid off initially and they received more than $3 million from the government health care benefits program. (However,...

Family Dysfunctions

If you're billing the government for services that you never provided, you're committing fraud. (Just a general rule of thumb.) As stated in a press release, the Georgia Attorney General's office prosecuted a woman who owned and operated an Atlanta-area behavioral health clinic for...

Mayor Tricks Public with Workers’ Comp Fraud

Stealing from public insurance programs is a crime against society’s most vulnerable people. When a public official – especially an elected official – defrauds public programs, the betrayal is that much greater. That was the case with a Georgia mayor who pleaded guilty in December...

Clear Line of Sight

Opticians are eye wear professionals who help customers find the perfect pair of prescription eyeglasses and ensure they fit properly. There is a set of specific knowledge and skills that one must possess to become an Optician. Being skilled in identity theft fraud is...
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