Saturday, January 22, 2022

The Price is Wrong

We've all seen or heard of the popular game show ''The Price is Right.'? This daytime show, famous for the big spinning wheel and the phrase ''come on down,'' is now a large reason why one fraudster in North Carolina may face prison time....

Loud and Clear

According to a survey published by the Hearing Review, mid-range hearing aids can average around $4,000 a pair. A custom pair fitted by an audiologist can cost close to double that amount and many insurance plans won't pick up any of the bill. Perhaps...

Managing the Risk of Fraud

Farmers buy crop insurance to help manage the multitude of risks involved in crop production. Weather and pests are hard to control, so farmers buy an insurance policy to reduce the risk of damage to approved commodities and the potential revenue loss. An article...

Too Close for Comfort

It’s very expensive to live in New York City. In fact, the average rent for a one bedroom apartment in Queens costs $2,087. Keep in mind, the average size of a one-bedroom apartment is a whopping 700 square feet. Today’s fraudster from Queens committed...

It All Adds Up

New York state law requires employers to maintain Workers' Compensation insurance coverage for their employees. While receiving benefits, employees are also expected to tell the truth about their work activity, or lack thereof, to insurance carriers and the Workers' Compensation Board. (Sounds easy enough...

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...

EZ Pass to Easy Street?

The purpose of an EZ Pass tag is to improve the flow of traffic. The thinking is that if people don't have to stop and throw coins into a bucket or exchange cash with a toll booth operator, there will be fewer bottlenecks on...

It Will Haunt You

With Halloween around the corner, it seems all the ads on TV are for spooky shows and movies, Halloween costumes and candies, and fun décor; pick up seasonal magazines and you'll likely see the same thing. But I can think of something more haunting...

When Identity Fraud Becomes Impersonation

In the past, fraudsters have gone out of their way to commit fraud; digging through trash cans and falsifying documents. Modern technology has enabled fraud to be perpetrated at a more comfortable ''digital'' distance. But today's fraud reported in the New York Daily News...

The Rich and The Greedy

The coronavirus pandemic has simultaneously brought out the worst and the best in humanity. While some have rallied together to support their communities, fraudsters have sought to exploit programs meant to aid those struggling financially. One of these fraudsters, Jean R. Lavanture, 48, of Saugerties,...
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