Tuesday, November 29, 2022

From Navy Blue to Prison Orange

Angela Marie Farr, a 36-year-old resident of Leonardtown, Md., and former member of the U.S. Navy, defrauded the Veterans Administration and Social Security Administration of more than $1 million in disability benefits. (It sounds like her motto was definitely NOT “Non Patriae Sed Sib,”...

Lyin’ for Lunches

Who else has trouble stifling a smile, when the ''Hall Monitor'' is caught breaking the rules? The Washington Post has the adult version: An employee with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently was exposed for fraudulently obtaining subsidized school lunches. The public employee, who also...

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...

Disenchanted in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, a popular Caribbean tourist destination, is commonly referred to as the ''Island of Enchantment.'? Known for its beautiful beaches, the territory of the United States exports pharmaceuticals, rum and, unfortunately, stolen personal identities. According to the Eagle Tribune, identify theft or the...

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...

Identity Crisis

An identity crisis usually refers to someone who is having a difficult time figuring out their place in society and life, in general. Today's ''Fraud of the Day,'' taken from a Department of Justice press release, focuses on a man who actually had three...

You Snooze, You Lose

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which oversees SNAP benefits, issued two warnings in October about food stamp scams. But despite that warning, many states are reporting hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen benefits. In Maryland, for example, more than $178,000 in...

Not Exactly Home Sweet Home

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City runs a federally-funded voucher program for Section 8 housing that helps low-income families, the elderly and the disabled afford decent, safe housing in the private market. One of the 3,000 landlords participating in the locally administered rental assistance...

Changing Directions: Headed Straight to Jail 

Two Maryland women have been sentenced after committing Medicaid fraud. Sasha Saunders, 42, and Diane Jordan, 48, were found guilty of billing Medicaid using stolen identities.    Saunders worked as the founder and president of two mental health and substance abuse treatment programs. Jordan was the vice president of the same companies – Changing Directions, Inc. and HEAL Inc. (Perhaps the women should have tried...

Forgetful Widow

Many widowed individuals struggle financially when a spouse dies. Most cope by selling assets, working a second job, or maybe renting a room out in their homes. Fraudulently claiming a late spouse’s Social Security benefits is not a good financial choice. But that was...
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