Healthy Habits

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It’s great to practice healthy habits – eat well, exercise and lead a happy lifestyle. If only it were that easy to achieve balance in those three aspects of life. For some, happiness doesn’t come from eating well and exercising; rather, it comes from luxurious items, such as cars and designer handbags. According to an eSecurity Planet article, one woman found happiness in fraud, until she found herself facing jail time.

While many doctors put years into studies and practice to gain status, cons put effort into imitation to gain whatever it is they want (status, money, etc). A con artist/owner of a New York based medical equipment company found herself facing charges for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud and HIPPA identity crimes. (Hey, it’s a tough world out there. Sometimes you just have to commit fraud to become successful!) During a four year stint, the woman used her power as the CEO of her company to gain access to medical records, to commit fraud – the key ingredient to her life happiness.

It would seem like four years of being a con artist is a long, tedious job; however, reapin? benefits like ? multi-million dollar home, luxury vehicles and designer handbags make the work worth the struggleSource: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Health Care Provider Gets 12 Years in Prison for Identity Theft,” written by Jeff Goldman and published by the eSecurity Planet on April 12, 2012.

The FBI recently announced that Helene Michel, owner of medical equipment company Medical Solutions Management Inc. (MSM), has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, and HIPAA identity theft crimes. Michel was also ordered to forfeit $1.3 million that was seized by the government when she was indicted (h/t

Between April 2003 and March 2007, Michel owned and operated MSM, and apparently used her position as a medical equipment company owner to enter New York nursing homes in order to steal patient records. She also apparently posed at various times as a doctor, a nurse practitioner, and a wound care expert, and even accompanied doctors on rounds.

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Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.