Saturday, May 15, 2021

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...

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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...

Paperwork Troubles

New York state’s Workers’ Compensation Board website has more than 200 forms associated with filing a claim. They range from the initial claimant form that starts the whole process to a proof of death form. A Buffalo man altered a few forms related to his...

Brace Yourself

Medicaid not only provides affordable medical coverage to adults, children, pregnant women, low-income families, and elderly and disabled individuals, but also dental and orthodontic treatment to eligible beneficiaries. Read on to find out how a New York orthodontist with 12 locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx...

Taken on a Ride

Medicaid covers eligible beneficiaries who need a ride to a doctor’s appointment, hospital or other medical office. (Obviously, the destination must be an approved provider and drivers are only supposed to transport patients to the medical appointment then back home, with no unnecessary stops in between.)...

Truckin’ Along

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), an estimated 135.6 million U.S. workers were covered by workers’ compensation insurance in 2015. With premiums costing anywhere from less than $100 to thousands a year per employee, workers’ compensation insurance can be a huge expense for employers depending on...
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