Thursday, December 8, 2022

Facing Change

The owner of a Lewiston, Maine counseling agency named “Facing Change” is ironically facing a great deal of change in her own life after being convicted for committing Medicaid fraud. She used her mental health and substance abuse counseling agency to steal more than...

Facing Change: From Home to Prison Cell

Abdirashid Ahmed, 41, and Garat Osman, 35, have been sentenced for committing health care fraud. The two Lewiston men were interpreters who conspired with local mental health counseling services to fraudulently obtain funds from MaineCare. Between November 2015 and May 2018, Ahmed worked with...

How a Tax Identity Fraud Scam Impacted Our Members

Early in 2014, the Maine Medical Association (MMA) began receiving reports from member physicians that they had been victims of identity theft leading to a tax refund fraud scam. They learned about the scam when they filed their state or federal tax return and...

Circumventing the Process

Robert Curtis, 63, of Winslow, Me., circumvented the eligibility process for receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and made quite a bit of money from the government while also receiving income as a medication deliverer. He pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud and is...

Theft by Deception

In general terms, theft by deception is an intentional act by which someone creates or uses false information to obtain something, whether it is a service or a piece of property. There are several ways to commit this type of crime including: writing bad...

Bribing the Wrong Person

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) publishes an annual report titled, FY 2013 ICE Immigration Removals, which details statistics on the identification and removal of criminal undocumented immigrants. The report states that during 2013, ICE conducted a total of 368,644 removals of...

Foolish Fraudster

There are a variety of jokes about the number of fools it takes to complete a simple task, such as screwing in a lightbulb. Similarly, have you ever wondered how many times a foolish fraudster gets away with lies before they get caught?'' (According...

To Take or Not to Take Responsibility

When a defendant enters an Alford Plea, it means that there is not an admission of guilt. Even though the person entering the plea maintains his or her innocence, the court treats the plea as if it were a ''guilty'' plea. (Confused yet?) An...

Flirting with Danger and Fraud

The hazards of working in a shipyard are many. While shipyard workers may have a fantastic view of the water, they don’t exactly have a corner office with glass walls. A fall from a very tall ship could cause serious injury, or even death....

Smoked

Smoked salmon had a part to play in today’s “Fraud of the Day” article. A Gouldsboro, Maine woman, who was on the hook for embezzling money from a smoked salmon seafood business she managed, also committed unemployment fraud while working at a café/deli in...
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