Wednesday, March 3, 2021

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...

No More Tricks or Treats

Fraudsters disguise their crimes in a variety of ways. Sometimes criminals create fraudulent documents, alter legitimate physical or electronic documents, tweak transactions in accounting systems or destroy actual documents. Today’s fraudster from Boston, Massachusetts took a different approach and disguised his workers’ compensation fraud scheme behind a...

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...

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...

Fair Share

Workers compensation insurance is expensive, but necessary. It protects injured workers by providing medical care and helps pay the bills until they can get back on their feet. It also protects employers from being sued, which could ultimately result in the loss of their...

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....

Extracting Fraud

Visits to the dentist are not always a fun thing, especially when a toothache is the reason for going. Not only is there pain associated with the toothache, but in general, patients can expect that the procedure to fix the pain could also involve...

Confirming Suspicions

Massachusetts is reaping the rewards of taking steps to crack down on fraud, waste and abuse within the commonwealth's food benefit program. A story in The Boston Globe states that the success rate has increased due to quadrupling the number of investigators assigned...

Massachusetts Cracking Down on Convenience Store Fraud

The Attorney General for Massachusetts has had it with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) fraud, also known as food stamp fraud. In fact, Martha Coakley is behind the effort to severely punish convenience stores caught accepting Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card funds for items...

Making Excuses

In the criminal defense world, authorities hear all kinds of excuses for illegal behavior such as insanity, mental instability, drunkenness, duress, provocation, self defense or entrapment. In the world of food stamp fraud, a unique excuse was recently made by the owner of...
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