Thursday, June 30, 2022

Fender Bender

Just as a guard rail on a highway prevents cars from running off the road, the justice system serves as a guardrail by preventing fraudsters from running amok and inflicting more damage on their victims. Today’s fraudster from Sanborn, New York committed workers’ compensation...

Hiding Fraud

Straw ownership involves someone who appears to legally own property, but does so on behalf of the actual owner, who does not want to be recognized. This practice is generally legal, however, it can used for illegal purposes, including concealing assets from the...

Disadvantaged

The City of New York's Department of Education distributes federal funding for supplemental education services to benefit students attending under-performing public schools. This means that approved providers can collect more funding from the government if they increase the number of students receiving their...

Cutting off the Lifeline

Drug rehabilitation centers are a lifeline for people who want to beat addiction issues. (They usually provide detox assistance, inpatient rehab, medication-assisted treatment, support groups and counseling to help them overcome their dependence on drugs.) A now defunct Bronx, New York-based rehab chain, Narco...

Kicked Out

Martial arts require participants to punch and kick. So one could reason that you'd have to be in pretty good shape, have good balance and be free from injury to take part. A Staten Island lineman, who worked for a large telephone company in...

Lavish Lifestyle

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), an SBA-backed loan that helped businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis, ended May 31, 2021. But the fraud cases regarding millions of dollars stolen from the government program have only just begun. Today’s fraud spotlight is on...

Caught on Camera

A lot of fraudsters who try to scam workers’ compensation programs get caught while working out in the gym. (It’s hard to lie when there’s footage of you lifting heavy weights when you’re supposedly injured.) Kelly M. Gersbacher, 45, of Mattydale, N.Y., was caught...

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...

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...

Some Habits Are Hard To Break

Note to self: While working on one's car in a public space, the convenience of balancing highly addictive narcotics on its hood may be outweighed by the risk of being detained—especially if the vehicle may have been stolen. (This has been your ''Courtesy Common...
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