Thursday, August 11, 2022

An Inside Job

Sanford Lamar Edwards,50, of Crawfordville, Ga., pleaded guilty to withholding employment information while applying for and receiving pension benefits from the Veterans Benefits Administration. When sentenced, he faces up to five years in prison, followed by up to three years of supervised release, and...

Unqualified and Unprepared

Georgia resident Brenda Copeland owned and operated The Counseling and Training Center in Warner Robins. Despite not being authorized to run a group practice, Copeland was enrolled as an individual practitioner to provide mental health services to children. (Sounds like she needed to go...

Final Moments of Need

Hospice is a critical service for those who are approaching the end of life and their families or caregivers. That is why it is so egregious that a Georgia hospice owner, Nourolzaman Tucker, took advantage of her Medicaid patients by submitting fraudulent bills to...

Funding a New Business…and Plastic Surgery

Sometimes it’s hard to get funding for new businesses. Sometimes it’s hard to save up for plastic surgery. Carl Delano Torjago saw an opportunity to do both when the federal government rolled out the Paycheck Protection Program for existing companies. But the federal government...

If the Shoe Fits

It 's no secret that most women love shoes. It 's not clear whether the woman in today 's "Fraud of the Day" had a shoe fetish, but she most definitely used her position as a store manager for a diabetic footwear store to...

It’s Downhill from Here

Jacinthia Williams, 44, has been sentenced for committing wire fraud. The woman, who is from Augusta, Ga., fraudulently submitted multiple applications in an attempt to obtain COVID-19 relief loans. (She joins a growing line of fraudsters who have been caught and prosecuted for committing...

Father Doesn’t Always Know Best  

Ezra Hatcher Sr., of Augusta, Ga., and his daughter, Sherry Hatcher, have confessed to filing fraudulent inflated tax returns on behalf of their clients. (Fathers should teach their daughters many things, but how to commit fraud is definitely not one of them.) An Internal Revenue...

Shortcut to Jail

It's ok to take a shortcut if you're running behind on time and need to get to a destination quickly. It's not ok to take a shortcut to circumvent U.S. immigration law. (Chances are if you disobey the government's system for legal entry and...

They Never Learn

Some fraudsters never learn. They frequently commit the same crime over and over again until one day, they make a mistake. A Georgia woman almost carried out a successful student loan fraud scheme worth $500,000, until she mistakenly signed her own name instead of...

When Fraud Becomes Fashionable

Listen to this Story</strong? Every year, millions of college students go to class with the goal that if they work hard, they will someday have a good job and a prosperous future. Today's fraudsters thought they deserved the material benefits...
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