Sunday, March 7, 2021

Gambled and Lost

The owner of a personal care agency in Gallup, New Mexico apparently had a gambling habit. Either that, or she just liked to frequent casinos to withdraw money from their ATMs. There’s nothing wrong with that per se, except that Lolita Begay-Yazzie withdrew $85,000...

Dental Hero Turns Sour

Denver “Dickie” Tackett, who has practiced dentistry for more than 30 years, and is considered something of a saint in his hometown of McDowell, Kentucky has been convicted of Medicaid fraud. This was surprising to some of his patients who saw him as local...

New Year, Same Shenanigans

Many individuals make New Year’s resolutions related to self-improvement. This was apparently not the case for a woman from Pittsburgh, Pa., who was sentenced for her role in a Medicaid scam that lasted for more than five years. (Studies show that only about 20...

Standing in the GAPP

There’s nothing more appalling in the home healthcare industry than a provider who takes advantage of vulnerable patients, particularly children. Today’s “Fraud of the Day” details the alarming actions of Medicaid fraudster Diandra Bankhead, the former owner-operator of Elite Homecare in Atlanta, Ga. She...

All Bets Are Off

Fraudsters tend to gamble with their chances of getting caught and usually push the envelope. One Las Vegas, Nev., fraudster hedged her bets and is now facing up to three decades in prison for her role in a Medicaid billing scheme. (I bet she’s...

Sweet Home Alabama

Medicaid is a state-run insurance program intended to help individuals and families afford health insurance when they may not otherwise be able to. The Medicaid program is also seen as a lucrative target for fraudsters looking to defraud government programs for their own benefit. An...

Another One Bites the Dust

The most common perpetrator of healthcare fraud is usually someone working within the profession who has access to sensitive patient information. This includes, but is not limited to doctors, nurses, medical sales representatives, and pharmacists. An Arlington, Va., man recently pleaded guilty to his...

The Poor and Weary

Fraudsters seek to exploit groups of individuals who are perceived as being most susceptible to their schemes. This includes targeting the elderly, low income individuals, those with disabilities, and anyone else they see as “easy” to manipulate. A Texas man is the ringleader behind a...

Gambling with Others’ Futures

A Rhode Island resident has been convicted of Medicaid fraud and ordered to pay $21,797.61 in restitution to the state of Rhode Island. Brian Mooney pleaded no contest in Kent County Superior Court to one count of Medicaid fraud and seven counts of exploitation...

Aiding and Abetting

Medicaid is a state-run health care insurance program intended to aid low income individuals and families, not fraudsters. Beneficiaries can use this health insurance program to cover things such as doctor’s appointments, medical treatments, and home health care. Fraudsters frequently target the government healthcare...

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