Saturday, December 10, 2022

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...

License to Steal

Listen to this Story Licenses are generally required to either practice in a particular employment field or to operate something. (For example, you cannot drive an automobile without first passing the driving test and proving that you can...

Foot Fraud

To put oneself in the shoes of another is to understand the circumstances or experiences of someone else. (I would be extremely reluctant to put my feet in the shoes of a fraudster because I would not want to experience the life of a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Stealing Evidence

It's not a good idea to steal evidence when you have been charged with an offense. (It can only get you deeper into trouble with the law.) A Federal Bureau of Investigation press release details how two owners of several home health care companies...

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...
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