Thursday, October 6, 2022

Black Box Warning

A “Black Box” warning is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) strictest warning for drugs and medical devices on the market. They alert the public and healthcare providers to serious side effects such as injury or death. (Examples include warnings about smoking on...

Temporary Fraud

In a short period of time COVID-19 has certainly left an impression on all of us – one we will not likely forget anytime soon. Similarly, while a fraudulent crime can reap lots of money over a short period of time, the repercussions are...

No Work, No Pay

There are a few ways to make money and not work. You could try out your luck in Las Vegas or play the lottery (although it is unlikely that you will win big), be independently wealthy, or collect unemployment. That’s what Daniel Maleus, 33,...

The Feel of Cold, Hard Cash

Can you imagine what it feels like to cash $3.3 million in checks? Argyrios “Eric” Mavros, 57, knows what that feels like. And he knows what if feels like to plead guilty to tax fraud and workers compensation fraud. (That’s probably not a feeling...

Good Riddance

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. In 2020, the Insurance Information Institute noted that approximately 1,660 Puerto Ricans alone had their identity stolen. (In one year, mind you.) One of those...

Unknown Fraud

A former resident of Lawrence, Mass., who was living under a false identity, was sentenced in Boston on charges arising from his use of the stolen name and Social Security number belonging to another U.S. citizen. An individual referred to as “John Doe,” was...

Fraud with a Smile

A Worcester, Mass., dental office manager has pleaded guilty to her participation in a scheme to defraud the Massachusetts Medicaid program, commonly known as MassHealth. Robin Cronin, 58 of Worcester, along with co-conspirators Dr. Anthony DiStefano III, 70, and Dr. Scott Cale, 65, were...

A Traitor Amongst Us

A former employee of the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft charges arising from her claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) funds. (It’s hard not to acknowledge the irony.)   Tiffany Pacheco, 35, formerly of New Bedford, pleaded...

The Devil’s Highway Leads to Prison

“Operation Devil’s Highway” focused on putting a stop to drug distribution in Lawrence, Mass., and drug trafficking between the city and the State of New Hampshire. The investigation, which involved more than two dozen law enforcement agencies, resulted in federal drug charges against 40...

In-Law to Out-Law

Debbie Moore, 57, of Springfield, Mass., pleaded guilty and was sentenced for stealing over $260,000 in Social Security Retirement benefits on behalf of a dead relative. (Fraudsters who commit this kind of crime wrongly think their secret will go to the grave with their...
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