Thursday, June 30, 2022

Just Trying to Get By

Criminals commit fraud for a variety of reasons. Some want to live a lavish lifestyle, while others are trying to make ends meet and they figure a little fraud here and there wouldn’t hurt anyone. Dr. Ravi Murali, 39, formerly of Edgerton, Wisc., said...

Choose Your Partners Wisely

When choosing a business partner, it’s important to find someone that can bring their skills and experience to the company. You’d also want someone that shares your values and vision and can offer resources and credibility. When an optometrist at Outreach Diagnostic Clinic in...

Heart Breaker

Moses deGraft-Johnson, a well renowned heart surgeon who immigrated to the U.S. as a child from Ghana, surrendered his medical licenses and pleaded guilty to 58 counts of healthcare fraud in 2020. (So much for the American Dream. He blew it.) (It’s every parent's dream...

Step Right on Up

“Step right on up and get your free cancer screening test here!” (That’s what I imagine Terri Haines, 57, of Kennett Square, Penn., may have said while swabbing her elderly victims for DNA samples.) The former medical laboratory sales representative, who made a living...

Free is Not Free

When something is advertised as “free,” it usually comes with a cost. Unfortunately, a few members of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) found this out the hard way due to a Grand Blanc, Mich., man’s healthcare...

Gold Chip Scheme

Open enrollment for Medicare is in full swing. (Ask any senior citizen how many telemarketing calls or mailings they’re getting right now.) That’s why it’s important to heed a Milwaukee woman’s warning about a Medicare ‘gold chip’ card scheme. Paula Rhyner, 67, answered what...

Brace for Prison

Patsy “Pat” Joseph Truglia, 53, of Parkland, Fla.,  pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of making a false statement in a matter involving a health care benefit program. Truglia faces a maximum penalty of 15...

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...

Seeing Fraud for What It Is

An ophthalmologist from Rye, N.Y., has pleaded guilty to perpetrating a seven-year healthcare fraud scheme. Ameet Goyal admitted to falsely billing for millions of dollars in procedures he did not perform and to fraudulently obtaining two Government-guaranteed loans intended to help small businesses during...

A Failed Eight-man Defense

Alberto Orian Gonzalez-Delgado, 46, of Miami, Fla., has been sentenced after conspiring to commit health care fraud and wire fraud. Co-conspirators including Eduardo Rubal, 41, Vicente Gonzalez Acosta, 50, Alexander Fernandez, 49, Yaxing Tapanes, 24, Jose Carlos Valladares Rivera, 43, Hector Suarez Gonzalez, 45, and...

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