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What a Trip

Ibrahim Aksakal, 49, also known as “Dennis,” pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud and wire fraud in connection with a “birth tourism” scheme in Suffolk County, N.Y. The scheme enabled pregnant Turkish women to enter the United States using tourist and...

Elusive Fraudster Gets Caught

Fraudsters tend to think they will never be caught or prosecuted for committing a crime. They could not be more wrong. A Rutherford, Tenn., woman went on the lam to avoid being charged with TennCare fraud. She eluded law enforcement for a year and...

A Sacred Journey

Most healthcare professionals join the field because they want to make an impact in their patients’ lives. One woman from Raleigh, N.C., certainly made an impact on the lives of her patients, but unfortunately, it was not for the better. Connie Omari, 37, has...

That’s Not What I Was Prescribed

The American justice system does not discriminate based on age. If you commit fraud, they'll prosecute you whether you’re straight out of high school or going through a midlife crisis. The latter may be the case for Jennifer Caloia, age 57, who was sentenced...

A Perfect Fit

While it’s typical for the owner of a company to ensure that their business is thriving, owners can also get in the way of their own success. This was the case of a North Carolina woman, Shelly Phillips Bandy, 41, who admitted to making...

Southern Hospitality, Sweet Tea, and a Bunch of Stooges

When one thinks of North Carolina, they normally think of southern hospitality and sweet tea. However, there are a few folks who didn’t get the memo and could work on their manners a bit more. Ruben Samuel Matos, of Angier, has been sentenced for...

Turning Point

A turning point is typically described as a time when an important change in a situation occurs, usually one that has beneficial results. Today’s fraud story definitely had a turning point, but there were no benefits reaped by Lopez Scott, 46, of Portsmouth, Va....

There’s Always an Alternative

A New Hampshire man will pay $1 million in restitution after being convicted of Medicaid fraud. Richard Wennerberg, 72, of Grantham, has been sentenced after pleading guilty to two counts of Medicaid fraud. Wennerberg owned Alternative Care @ Home LLC., a registered Hopkinton business that...

You’ve Been Warned

Katrina Lynch, 39, of Texas, has been sentenced to serve 50 months in prison for defrauding Virginia Medicaid out of nearly $3 million. (For some Medicaid fraudsters, that’s just pocket change.) Lynch owned a home healthcare service company, A Tender Heart, LLC, where she enrolled...

Facing Change: From Home to Prison Cell

Abdirashid Ahmed, 41, and Garat Osman, 35, have been sentenced for committing health care fraud. The two Lewiston men were interpreters who conspired with local mental health counseling services to fraudulently obtain funds from MaineCare. Between November 2015 and May 2018, Ahmed worked with...

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