Friday, October 22, 2021

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...

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...

Some Strings Attached

The Social Security Administration (SSA) presents a sobering statistic about becoming disabled. Apparently, more than one in four of today’s 20-year-olds is expected to become disabled before reaching the age of 67. Thankfully, the SSA can help in the event an individual becomes unable...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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