Friday, July 30, 2021

COVID Feature: It Takes All of Us

We’ve heard the slogan “it takes all of us” many times throughout the coronavirus pandemic that first appeared on American soil more than a year ago. As millions of Americans have worked together to prevent the spread of the deadly virus by wearing masks,...

Claiming Fraud

A former claims specialist for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of International Operations misused his position and access to SSA systems to misdirect $236,000 in benefits to his own personal bank accounts. Using fictitious identities and identities of real people, Cheikh Ahmet Tidiane...

COVID Feature: Unprecedented Fraud

To say that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a public health crisis is an understatement. (Consider the fear, anxiety, and hardship of those who have experienced illness and/or the loss of a loved one, job, or home. Stick the word “unprecedented” in there for...

An Attorney, Pharmacist, and Sales Representative Walk into a Courtroom

Healthcare fraud rarely involves a singular fraudster. Usually, a ringleader and several co-conspirators are involved in any given case. (Fraudsters like to help each other along until they get their take of the deal, then they’re off to the next scam.) In today’s fraud...

Don’t Defraud Your Mother or The Government

The Civil Service Retirement System was established to provide retirement benefits for civilian employees working within the federal government. Combined with social security benefits, these programs can help individuals stay financially secure after retirement. One Maryland man abused the system and defrauded the government by...

Healthcare Fraud Boom

It’s no secret that healthcare costs are skyrocketing. Instead of turning to assisted living facilities or nursing homes, many individuals are now relying on home healthcare services to keep costs lower. The U.S. National Library of Medicine reports that as of this year, individuals...

Willing and Able

It never ceases to amaze how willing and able criminals are to commit fraud. (Money is usually the driver.) A Baltimore, Maryland woman was so willing and able to commit Medicaid fraud that she used her grandmother to carry out her devious scheme. The young...

Patient Dumping

When hospitals or other medical care facilities release patients to the streets instead of putting them in touch with proper social services it’s called patient “dumping.” (You may remember this recent case of a woman who was spotted wandering a Baltimore street in only...

Following the Breadcrumbs

Hansel and Gretel left a trail of breadcrumbs on purpose so they could find their way back home after being abandoned in the woods. A convenience store owner in Baltimore left a trail of evidence (not on purpose) that led authorities to his participation...

Altered State

An altered state of consciousness refers to someone in a mental state that is different from normal. (The phrase commonly means that the person is in a dream state or in a drug-induced trance that causes reduced alertness.) In today's ''Fraud of the Day,''...
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