Thursday, June 30, 2022

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...

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...

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...

I’d like a Refund

I'm sure you've had to make a return at a store before; regardless of the store and/or item(s), it's usually a time consuming irritant. Options like pre-labeled shipping for returns when shopping online have made the ease of returning items just that, easy. The...

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...

You Can’t Take It with You

The Social Security Administration has specific policies regarding the notification of a beneficiary's death. Normally, a family member, Electronic Death Registration report, death certificate, confirmation by statement from a funeral director or other third party report is sufficient to declare the beneficiary deceased. (The...

Kickback and Enjoy Your Incarceration

Robert Clay Smith, 60, of Alexandria, Louisiana, is the second doctor to plead guilty to accepting illegal kickbacks from a medical supply and billing company located in Rogers, Arkansas. Dr. Robert Dale Bernauer, Sr. of Louisiana pleaded guilty to his part in the scheme...

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...

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,...

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,...
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