Thursday, October 6, 2022

A Scheme Too Good to Be True

A Lake Charles, La., surgeon used his professional status to defraud the government and private insurance companies. Robert Dale Bernauer, 74, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, health care fraud, fraud to obtain federal employees’ compensation,...

Grieving Loss, Gaining Checks

Michael Matherne, 61, of Louisiana, has pleaded guilty to Social Security Fraud for continuing to receive his wife’s Retirement Survivor Insurance (RSI) Benefits after her death. Matherne’s wife, M.F., began receiving Retirement Survivor Insurance Benefit (RSI) Program benefits in 1993. The RSI Program is operated...

Bad Memories

Oh, how we all long for summer vacation, or any vacation for that matter, especially after a very long year of being stuck inside due to a pandemic. Back in the day when you could travel anywhere without the fear of catching a deadly...

Doctor Ordered to Federal Prison for Workers Compensation Fraud

Some people perceive taking money from government programs as allowable, because after all, they think they deserve it. But federal officials who build cases against these offenders are quick to point out otherwise. (Fraudsters don’t deserve free money, but they do deserve punishment for...

Brazen

Individuals who commit fraud can be very bold and brazen, not to mention sneaky and not very bright when it comes to carrying out a criminal scheme. Somehow, they can reason that their need to steal money is justified and they proceed with the...

Diet of Greed

There are so many diets available that it 's hard to determine which one might work the best. Some are low carb, high protein, raw food, or vegetarian in nature. An Arkansas woman signed herself up for a diet of greed and stole more...

A Matter of Life or Death

The American Heart Association states that nearly 90 percent of people who experience a cardiac arrest while not in the hospital die. However, if Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is performed moments after the cardiac arrest occurs, a person's chances of survival can double or even...

Thrown Under the Bus

People who don't like to take responsibility for their actions often throw others under the bus, so to speak, to avoid punishment. In today's ''Fraud of the Day,'' a judge chastised a defendant for blaming her million dollar Medicaid fraud scheme on her employees....

Official Lies Lead to Official Trouble

The Maine criminal code states that a person can be guilty of ''unsworn falsification'' if they make a written false statement they do not believe is true. A woman from Maine, who officially lied on her government benefits applications, is now in official trouble...

The Perfect Plot

Filmmaking is a risky business and in order to get investors to commit to a project, movie producers often look for tax incentives to entice a production company to come to a particular location to film. Company executives are usually sent in to hire...
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