Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Dead Federal Retirees Paid $120 Million Yearly, Report Says

The Federal Eye Washington Post Blog article documents one dramatic case where a deceased annuitant's son continued to receive federal benefits until 2008 – 37 years after his father's death. O'Keefe blogs: ''Office of Personnel Management (OPM) learned of the improper payments...

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...

Betting on a Back-up

According to an article published on KTVQ.com, the former welfare director for the Blackfeet Tribe's Temporary Assistance to Need Families (TANF) program wasn't counting on getting caught for embezzling government funds. Fortunately for taxpayers, she forgot to think about how to get rid of...

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...

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.

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...

Fraudsters Go Unprosecuted, Costing Taxpayers Millions

All this talk about cutting budgets, but what about cutting the fraud? Let's take the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) aka food stamps, as an example. The Washington Examiner recently reported the findings of the Heritage Foundation, which notes that for cases in 2011,...

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.

It’s a Numbers Game

Do you excel more in word-oriented games, or number-related games? Or, maybe you're good at both; although, I'm willingly to bet most people are better at one than the other. For fraudsters, the game is all about numbers – from how many false forms...

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.
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