Monday, November 28, 2022

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...

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...

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...

Dialing for Medicaid Benefits

There are many organizations who use phones to raise funds to keep their programs up and running. They reach out to potential donors by calling for monetary support. Today’s “Fraud of the Day” explains how a woman and her son dialed into a New...

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...

One-digit Mistake

Everyone makes mistakes, even the government. Due to a one-digit error by the Social Security Administration (SSA), Frederick L. Guth, Jr., 66, of Brewerton, N.Y., collected more than $33,000 of someone else’s benefits. Guth filed for Social Security in 2016, and the SSA processed his...

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...

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...

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,...

Sink, Sank, Sunk

When considering the purchase of a yacht, there are some important details to think about: Do you have the funds for a down payment and can you handle the monthly payments? Can you dock it behind your house, or do you need to store...
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