Sunday, October 2, 2022

Worst Employee of The Month

One would think that a former government employee would know better than to break the law. This wasn’t the case for Sean Okrzesik, 34, of Syracuse, N.Y., who recently pled guilty to charges of theft of government property and aggravated identity theft. The Syracuse resident...

Sleight of Hand

Orthopedic surgery is a fulfilling field of work for doctors who like the instant gratification of repairing someone. (The highly specialized discipline requires a great deal of dexterity in their hands.) An orthopedic surgeon from Utica, New York used his specialized skills to perform...

Vulnerable

People who enjoy caring for others can have a rewarding career as a home health aide. Those who choose the profession take care for vulnerable patients who suffer from chronic illnesses or disabilities, are elderly, or need care in their own homes. Even though...

At Others’ Expense

Non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) plays a big role in keeping millions of Americans healthy. Without this vital service, many patients would not be able to receive a ride to their medical providers for care. A couple who operated a transportation company out of Binghamton,...

Exploiting Relatives

It’s bad enough when a random person is victimized by a fraudster, but when someone is victimized by their own family member, it’s even worse. A New York woman took advantage of two relatives and New York’s Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program by stealing...

Kicked to the Curb

Flophouses don’t have a great reputation as they are usually places where drug abusers live or hang out while continuing their illicit behavior. A New York City couple, who ran multiple flophouses under the guise of being a three-quarter house, took advantage of their...

Piggy Bank

As of May 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 820,960 individuals are employed as home health aides in the United States. The job outlook projects a 41% growth rate or more than 1.1 million home health aides by 2026. Today’s fraudster is...

A DAM Shame

There’s fraud, worse fraud, and then there’s healthcare fraud that endangers patients. James Spina, a chiropractor from Middletown, New York, embraced them all in a scheme that cost Medicare and other insurers millions of dollars in fraudulent claims—and left the one unfortunate patient dead. Spina...

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...

Putting the Brakes On

Medicaid provides medical care to nearly 73 million individuals, but due to socioeconomic disadvantages, it is estimated that 3.6 million beneficiaries miss or delay care each year because of transportation issues. With that number of individuals requiring transportation to important medical appointments, you can...
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