Tuesday, October 26, 2021

In Need of Assistance

Ramon Hiciano, 59, pleaded guilty in federal court to using someone else’s Social Security number for personal gain to obtain health care benefits he was not entitled to. The Dominican national man, formerly of Roxbury, a neighborhood within the city of Boston, aimed to receive...

Driving to Prison

A Dominican national, Ronald Lara Pena, 35, has pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud after falsely using another’s Social Security number and lying about it. (Fraudsters tend to wrongly think that they’ll never get caught.) Lara Pena previously resided in Lawrence, Massachusetts and admitted to...

‘Till Prison Cells Do Us Part Arthur Pacheco, 47, of Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to wire fraud after fraudulently applying for and receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) with the help of his wife, Tiffany. Tiffany was employed with the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment (DUA) where she...

Free for All

Everyone has an opinion about people who are living illegally in the U.S. No matter what side you are on, today’s case is food for thought. Rafael Bautista Abreu, 63, formerly of Lynn, Mass., pleaded guilty to theft of public money and making a...

Embezzler’s Folly

When you think of a bank robbery, imagine a dramatic crime spree in TV-land with a car chase. There’s usually a group of thugs donning black ski masks and holding innocent citizens at gunpoint, so they can abscond with as much money as possible....

Something’s Shifty

Julio Lopez, of Los Angeles, Calif., and formerly of Worcester, Mass., pleaded guilty to workers compensation fraud for his role in a scheme to hide cash wages from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). (Everyone knows that it’s not a good idea to hide anything...

COVID Feature: A Fraud Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted the ability of small businesses to retain employees and families to make ends meet. The federal government enacted several programs to financially assist Americans through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Unfortunately, the increase in...

What A Toothache

There are several skillsets you should possess to successfully be an office manager. Deceiving those around you and being able to discreetly embezzle money do not meet the criteria. (Try putting that under the ‘qualifications’ section of your resume. I doubt you’d get many...

No Pot at the End of The Rainbow

Fraudsters are always chasing the pot at the end of the rainbow. (Sometimes they find a pot of government benefits and sometimes they just find a conviction.) A Worcester, Mass. plumber used his company to hide a large-scale marijuana business. (Do you get where...

No Ride Share

Access to healthcare, or lack thereof, is a major nationwide policy discussion that usually centers around a patient’s ability to pay. Another factor that prevents many from receiving healthcare is having reliable transportation. Recognizing this issue, Medicaid - the federal and state program for those...
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