Friday, October 22, 2021

Stepping Above the Law

Two Montana men have been arraigned after allegedly scheming to defraud a bank of $1 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. The indictment charges the men with bank fraud and with engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity. Trevor Gene...

Tangled Web Unravels

A Montana woman parlayed 17 years of deception into more than $325K of government benefits she was not entitled to. This included nearly $196K in fraudulent Medicaid benefits. Tanya Smith began receiving government benefits in 1987, and then married in 2002—which made her ineligible for...

No ‘Buttes’ About It

A mental health counselor in Butte, Mont., was charged with 13 counts of Medicaid fraud but made a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to just two of the charges. Dana Trandahl admitted that she billed Medicaid for mental health counseling services never provided to...

Pay Now or Pay Later

Paying workers “under the table” to avoid paying the IRS is not unusual, but it is illegal. In fact, it is considered to be tax fraud, which is a felony. A Montana man recently found out how high the stakes are for getting caught for...

Money Hungry

People who are “money hungry” will do just about anything to become rich. (Cue visions of luxurious vacations on sandy beaches and frolicking on yachts, while gold coins rain down.) Today’s fraud spotlight shines brightly on a former Montana optometrist who may or may...

Bluffing in Butte

The city of Butte, Montana was named after a nearby peak, Big Butte, which was referred to as “the richest hill on earth.” (Rich mineral deposits – like gold – attracted settlers to the area in the late 1800’s.) According to today’s fraud article,...

Flying Under the Radar

Elizabeth Jones Powell pleaded guilty in to federal charges of health care fraud and tax evasion. After her prison term, she will be on supervised release for three years. She will also have to pay back more than $450,000 in fraudulent Medicaid claims and unpaid taxes.

Outlaw Biker

A former state employee recently pleaded guilty to attempting to fraudulently obtaining workers’ compensation from his employer for a knee injury that he did not actually receive on the job.

A Fraud Duffer

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Golfing leads to workers comp fraud conviction” published by Business Insurance. A Montana man who was videotaped lifting furniture and playing golf while collecting workers compensation benefits pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal theft and will have to pay back nearly $27,500.

Janitor with a Dirty Record

Workers' compensation insurance helps workers pay medical and living expenses in the event they become injured on the job and can no longer work. (It's important to note that the injury must be accidental – not intentional – in order to qualify for compensation.)...
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