Friday, December 2, 2022

Wrong Turn

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “NM man sentenced in almost $2MIL health care fraud,” published by Albuquerque Journal. A New Mexico man was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay $1,218,165 in restitution for his role in defrauding Arizona health care benefit of almost $2 million.

Gambled and Lost

The owner of a personal care agency in Gallup, New Mexico apparently had a gambling habit. Either that, or she just liked to frequent casinos to withdraw money from their ATMs. There’s nothing wrong with that per se, except that Lolita Begay-Yazzie withdrew $85,000...

The Numbers of Victims Yet Unknown

Despite good intentions to aid those hurting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the more than $5 trillion approved for the CARES ACT, ended up really helping fraudsters. The total amount stolen from the federal aid program is yet unknown, but the Labor Department estimates there could...
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