Thursday, December 1, 2022

A Fraudster by Any Other Name

The scary thing about fraudsters is that they are often the people you’d be least likely to expect, like your boss or the girl next door. This is the case for one fraudster from Michigan, who was able to live a lie for years...

A Sucker for Fraud

Unemployment insurance provides benefits and wage replacement through the state to those who are unable to secure employment through no fault of their own. Of course, this excludes fraudsters who are looking to make a quick buck off those less fortunate. Fraudsters often lie...

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...

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...
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