Thursday, December 2, 2021

This Boat Don’t Float

It’s tough for small business owners to keep their companies afloat without qualified, hardworking employees. The owner of a small Minnesota company that provided personal care assistants (PCAs) for disabled clients misrepresented her staff’s qualifications to Medicaid through the submission of $601,000 in fraudulent...

COVID Feature: A Slice of Cheese

Donald Franklin Trosin, 56, from Champlin, Minn. pleaded guilty for his role in a scheme to fraudulently obtain and launder more than $1.2 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). (Fraudsters don’t seem to understand that the government...

Paper Pushers

Paper pushers are usually associated with doing boring or unimportant work. Today, we take a look at two Houston-based physicians who took paper pushing to a whole new level in totally separate multimillion-dollar Medicare fraud schemes. They signed off on fraudulent paperwork that caused the government healthcare...

Exploiting Laborers – and Healthcare Services

Worker’s Compensation Insurance fraud often calls to mind employees who fake or exaggerate an injury to claim benefits—but there are also plenty of fraudsters on the employer side. One of them, a Minnesota construction contractor, pleaded guilty In November 2019 to labor trafficking and...

A Couple of Fraud Birds

A Minnesota husband and wife have been sentenced for cheating their employees out of workers’ compensation insurance. Leroy and Joyce Mehr admitted in court to swindling their employees out of more than $300,000. The Mehrs owned and operated a drywall company in Clearwater, MN....

Deflating Fraud

The Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides financial assistance to help families with low incomes pay for child care. The purpose of the program is to provide good care for children while their parents work or pursue an education that can eventually help...

Street Deals

The news is always littered with stories about street deals gone wrong? drugs, money and other sordid tales. What the news typically neglects to shed light upon is the world of food stamp fraud street deals. According to a KARE News article, drug deals...

Missouri Businessman with Significant Income Charged with Unemployment Fraud

It's not easy being in the fraud business today; apparently, there are tabs to run up in bars by fraudsters – those have to be paid! There are checks to cash and then there are the fraudsters' vacations to Costa Rica – which...

Fill ‘er Up Fraud

It can be a costly lesson on both sides when public employees who are entrusted with the ability to make purchases on behalf of the government that employs them instead abuse their authority. According to a Hattiesburg American report, a former city Water Department...

Repeat Offender Forced to Eliminate Food Stamps from Diet

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is funded by taxpayers and provides assistance to American citizens who are struggling to put healthy food on the table for their families. According to 2012 SNAP data, the program assisted...
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