Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Poser

 Posers are individuals who pretend to be someone they are not. (Just check out your social media channel of choice to find a multitude of examples.) While most posers mean no harm and are just trying to fit in, today’s fraudster from Valley Stream,...

Like Father, Like Son

A father-son duo has been sentenced for their roles in defrauding Affordable Care Act (ACA) programs in at least 12 states. California residents Jeffery White, 63, and Nicholas White, 35, admitted to participating in a scheme that resulted in more than $27 million in...

Heartless Cardiologist Puts Greed Before Patients

A Kentucky cardiologist pressured and lied to patients—causing them unnecessary pain and medical risk—to perpetrate health care fraud. Dr. Anis Chalhoub was found guilty of implanting medically unnecessary pacemakers in his patients and fraudulently billing them and the follow-up care to Medicaid, Medicare and...

Walking a Fine, Wavy Line

For a Carl Junction, Missouri pharmacist, there’s a fine, wavy line between legally and illegally filling prescriptions. Today’s fraudster committed healthcare fraud by signing for auto-refill prescriptions that were intended for his pharmacy’s clients and billing Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare for refills that were...

Sticky Situation

Acupuncture, which was developed more than a thousand years ago in China, is an alternative medical practice that uses needles to alleviate pain and nausea or treat chronic health conditions. (For those who do not like needles, physical therapy and chiropractic treatment can also provide...

Foot Fraud

To put oneself in the shoes of another is to understand the circumstances or experiences of someone else. (I would be extremely reluctant to put my feet in the shoes of a fraudster because I would not want to experience the life of a...

Short-Sighted

A person who is short-sighted doesn’t have much foresight into what might happen in any given situation. (You could say they are living in the moment without much regard to the future.) The owner of an eye clinic in Jasper, Georgia was short-sighted when...

Adjusting to Fraud

Children like pretend play. They can be whomever they like including warriors, princesses, veterinarians or even grocery store clerks. (I doubt many kids pretend to be a fraudster.) At some point, they grow out of that stage and move on to reality. ...

License to Steal

Listen to this Story Licenses are generally required to either practice in a particular employment field or to operate something. (For example, you cannot drive an automobile without first passing the driving test and proving that you can...

Fatal Fraud

Fraud is generally not considered fatal, just costly (and really aggravating) for victims. In fact, criminals, who may have previously committed crimes such as selling drugs, often turn to fraud because they can make a good amount of money without as much risk. Today,...

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