Saturday, January 22, 2022

Cut and Paste

Billing fraud is very common within government healthcare programs. It usually happens when an approved provider submits fake invoices for goods or services that were never provided. Such is the case for Marty T. Johnson, 59, of Shreveport, La., and Keesha Dinkins, 45, of...

Down in New Orleans

Workers’ Compensation Programs provide wage replacement benefits, medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation, and other benefits to individuals who have experienced work-related injuries or illnesses. (Where there’s a benefit program to be scammed, you can be sure there are fraudsters waiting in line to do so.)  That...

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...

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...

It All Adds Up

It's easy to think that the fraudulent heist of a few thousand dollars in government benefits is not a big deal. But, when there are thousands of people capitalizing on benefits they don't deserve, it all adds up to more than you think. An...

Time Will Tell

It takes a bold person to plead “not guilty” when the evidence appears to point to guilt. But we have to remember that charges are not convictions, and everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Lestreonia Renee Rodrigue, 26, of Plaquemine,...

Promises

A promise is a vow to carry out an intention. There are many different types of promises, such as one between friends, who agree to keep a secret; promises by spouses to love and cherish each other in a marriage and promises by...

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...

Modus Operandi

Fraudsters consider lying to be an important part of their modus operandi. (It's just part of the job description.) A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) press release tells about a Louisiana doctor who scammed Medicare out of millions of dollars by lying about the...

Splitting the Cost of Fraud

There are lots of things that are common to share with a friend, such as a bill for sushi, the cost of a cab ride or a banana split. An article posted on NOLA.com tells about a woman who took advantage of the Federal...
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