Thursday, February 25, 2021

Let’s Be Reasonable

An Iowa ear, nose, and throat doctor facing allegations of false Medicaid claims for endoscopic sinus surgeries contends that “reasonable people can disagree about the best medical options.” (But how reasonable it is to disagree on 115 medical procedures from one physician in one...

COVID Feature: Busy Year for Fraud

The Department of Justice has been quite busy since COVID-19 turned the world upside a year ago. The pandemic that has plagued the world has also spurred many opportunities for fraud, especially in the area of unemployment. Today’s fraudster is Dennis George Chinn of...

Every Minute Counts

Every minute counts when it comes to submitting claims to government healthcare programs. A primary care doctor in Webster City, Iowa was quick to tally the minutes he spent with his patients at multiple nursing facilities (and multiply that number by seven). After nearly...

Kansas Cracks Down on Food Stamp Fraud

What would you do if you realized someone was stealing from you? You'd do something – take some action: get the police involved to catch the thief and hopefully recover what was stolen. You would expect accountability. That is what's happening in Kansas. The...

Blissful Ignorance

It is important for a government program beneficiary to be well-informed about the rules regarding the financial assistance they qualify for and receive – especially if they want to continue to receive it. (Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to getting free money...

Spilt Milk

Are you familiar with the saying, ''There's no use in crying over spilled milk?'' The bottom line is, crying won't ''unspill'' the milk. Many fraudsters seem to shed a couple tears when they are facing a judge who is ready to sentence them for...

Golden Ticket

A driver's license is the golden ticket that allows you to prove positive identity, gain employment, operate a vehicle and enjoy other privileges within the United States. A story posted on KMBC.com tells about a Kansas driver's license examiner who is accused of issuing...

No Contest

When a plea of ''no contest'' is made, it means that the defendant accepts the alleged charges against him or her without admitting guilt or offering a defense. One advantage of entering this type of plea could include the avoidance of a very expensive...

Supplementing Fraud

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are intended to help eligible disadvantaged people who have little or no income meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. An article published by The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier details how an Iowa woman lied about her living...

The Irony of Multi-tasking

Multi-taskers take pride in getting multiple things done all at the same time. (The goal is efficiency, but ironically, you end up with additional time to do even more things. It's a vicious cycle.) An article posted on RadioIowa.com tells the story of a...
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