Tuesday, October 26, 2021

COVID Feature: Thriving on Vulnerability

Fraudsters thrive on vulnerability, especially when a nation is going through a pandemic. (It’s just part of a fraudster’s nature to look for new opportunities and victims to exploit.) Darrell Baker of Detroit, Mich., pleaded guilty to bank fraud and money laundering charges for...

Peace, Love & Serenity

Fraudsters often see their state’s unemployment programs as an opportunity to fraudulently receive funds by applying for benefits using stolen or fake information. (This is especially true during the coronavirus pandemic.) Two Michigan residents have been charged for their roles in a scheme to defraud...

An Inside Job

A Detroit, Mich., woman is facing charges for defrauding the state of Michigan all from the comfort of her couch. Brandi Hawkins is charged with wire fraud and money laundering. She is also accused of defrauding the state of Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA)...

COVID Feature: The Unmasked Fraudster

The shortage of medical-grade face masks and other personal protective equipment has distressed medical workers and others at high risk of contracting COVID-19. The worst among us have tapped into that urgent need with fraudulent equipment. In one recent case, a 24-year-old Michigan man is...

Partners in Crime

A Michigan doctor, his nurse practitioner wife, and their office manager have all pleaded guilty to federal health care fraud in a scheme that involved upcharging for services at their Kalamazoo-area women’s clinic, and illegally using medical devices intended for one-time use on multiple...

COVID Feature: Looking for a Cure

You can be sure that everyone is searching for a COVID-19 cure. (Medical professionals and research scientists around the world are working on it, so there is no need to take things into your own hands.) The pandemic that has engulfed the entire world...

Eyes and Ears on the Lookout

Prosecutors are cracking down on health care practitioners who defraud state Medicaid programs. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is giving stern warnings to those who steal from the state program that provides health insurance for the poor and disabled. "Those who think they can get...

Despicable

If there ever was a poster child for the word “despicable,” it would be today’s fraudster – a former psychologist from Caspian, Michigan. What is particularly disturbing about the case is that the medical professional entrusted with helping his drug-addicted patients actually...

Entitlement Can Be a Dirty Word

Entitlement can be a dirty word depending on how it is used. It can either mean that an individual has a legitimate right to something, or it can mean that someone has a belief that they deserve certain privileges or special treatment, when they...

Falling Through the Cracks

The Michigan Department of Education’s Child Development and Care program helps low-income families afford day care costs, so they can keep working. While several different state agencies are involved in evaluating day care providers to make sure they are not fleecing taxpayers, today’s fraudster...
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