Friday, July 30, 2021

This is Big

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 20 years since 9-1-1 rocked the world. What’s also unimaginable is that it has taken almost that long to bust Dr. Raymond Pierre Paul, a Nassau County, N.Y., psychiatrist for carrying out a major Social Security disability...

COVID Feature: A Rocky Road

Sean M. Andre, 30, of Brooklyn, N.Y., is accused of working with Jean R. Lavanture, 48, of Saugerties, N.Y., to fraudulently obtain more than $4 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans meant for businesses financially struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Fraudsters are...

An Addiction to Fraud

A pain management doctor from Buffalo, N.Y., has been added to the growing list of medical professionals who have contributed to the nation’s opioid crisis. Dr. Gautam Arora pleaded guilty to prescribing controlled substances with the purpose of defrauding a federal healthcare program. Between April...

PTO Honesty

The purpose of Paid Time Off (PTO) is to give employees a break from work. It can be used for vacation, to take care of someone during an illness, appointments, school, volunteering, or perhaps binge-watching Netflix. Kyle Bouille of Elmira, N.Y., took a different...

Dear Old Dad

It’s always interesting to see what illegal actions a fraudster is willing to take to make a little bit of cash. A Randolph, N.Y., woman was willing to trade her freedom for a few thousand dollars in illegally gained workers’ compensation benefits. (Why do...

Unentitled

A New York City pharmacist has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud. Sajid Javed owned and operated numerous pharmacies which were used to submit more than $7.1 million in fraudulent claims to Medicaid and Medicare. Javed illegally...

Phishing for Elderly Victims

Senior citizens are susceptible to fraud because they are more likely to fall for phishing schemes. (We’re not talking about fishing here. Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails that look legitimate to induce individuals to reveal personal info like passwords or account...

COVID Feature: Falling Through the Cracks

New York’s Department of Labor has been busy since the coronavirus stuck the state, making it one of the hardest hit areas in the country as indicated by the number of residents applying for unemployment benefits. In the past few months New York has...

COVID Feature: Unmasking Covid-19 Fraud

Fraudsters have been exploiting protections meant to aid those impacted by COVID-19 for several months now. Fortunately, law enforcement agencies from across the country have been vigilantly working to detect and prosecute those responsible for committed frauds as fast as possible. Pharmacist Richard Schirripa of...

Paying Respects – Not

When a loved one who collects government benefits dies, the right thing to do is to notify the office that administers the program. (In fact, it’s required.) That’s not to say program administrators won’t be sympathetic to your grief, but even sympathy has its...
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