Tuesday, February 7, 2023

How Fraud Harms the Patient

Jean Skiera didn’t question anything when she got a phone call this past spring that medical equipment was on its way for her husband, Ron, a patient recovering from multiple surgeries. After all, she believed her husband’s doctor knew what was best. Both had...

Faking a Family

Terrie Lynn Christian, of Newaygo, Mich., pled guilty to defrauding the Social Security Administration (SSA) of over $550,000 in benefits for two fictitious children. Christian’s scheme started in 2002, but it was not discovered until 2019. (Developing a fraud scheme that involves pretending to...

Up to No Good

A typical day for doctors includes visiting patients, documenting notes, and writing prescriptions. However, a typical day for Dr. Thomas M. Prose, owner of General Medicine, P.C., in Novi, Mich., included filing thousands of false claims with Medicare. (Sounds like he wrote a few...

Layers of Deception

A husband and wife from Dearborn, Mich., carried out a multi-level layered fraud scheme when they deceived the Federal Government by fraudulently collecting $60,000 in food stamp benefits, declaring a false bankruptcy, and lying to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). (Sounds like they made...

To Dispense or Not to Dispense

Mohamad Ali Makki, 46, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., participated in a healthcare fraud scheme that defrauded Medicare, Medicaid, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan of nearly $10 million. As a licensed pharmacist at LifeCare Pharmacy in Farmington Hills over six years, Makki and...

Domino Effect

You have to wonder about what might happen if fraudsters actually put in as much effort into working a legitimate job as they do a scam. The global effect might be shocking. Economic productivity would rise. Time lost by victims, offenders, their families, plus...

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...

Death Star vs. Dearthy Star

In the Star Wars movie series, Death Star and Death Star II were the Galactic Empire's ultimate terror weapons that could destroy an entire planet. Similarly, Justin Sean Johnson a.k.a. TheDearthStar and Dearthy Star, hacked the human resources databases of the University of Pittsburgh...

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

Many Americans desperately want their lives to return to normal as soon as possible. Some are willing to do just about anything to make that happen, even if they end up committing a crime. (Desperate times call for desperate measures.) Two defendants in Michigan...

A Slice of Fraud Justice

The former CEO of Passport Pizza, who previously managed a dozen locations across Michigan’s Macomb County, has finally been served a slice of justice after being convicted of bank fraud. Michael Bischoff, 60, of Macomb Township, was sentenced to 32 months in prison and must...
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