Thursday, October 6, 2022

Is This Your Card?

COVID-19 shut down our world for nearly two years, but it opened a world of opportunity for fraudsters of all kinds. While vaccines were becoming required for active and reserve military members and for citizens attending activities like concerts and sporting events (because metal...

Unemployed Behind Bars

It would be an understatement to say that it has been very tough on individuals who have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic. But it is particularly egregious when unscrupulous individuals take advantage of the situation and rob others of unemployment benefits...

The Root of the Problem

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Auburn man admits stealing $83K in workers’ comp benefits” posted on auburnpub.com. An Auburn man admitted to stealing more than $83,000 in workers' compensation benefits and not providing employees at his logging company with workers' compensation insurance coverage.

Dennis the Menace

Ibrahim Aksakal (aka Dennis), 50, of East Patchogue, N.Y., coordinated the transportation and birthing care of Turkish women who were fraudulently entering the U.S. using tourist and business visas. The women hid their pregnancies with the end goal of obtaining birthright citizenship and medical...

Dear Old Dad

It’s always interesting to see what illegal actions a fraudster is willing to take to make a little bit of cash. A Randolph, N.Y., woman was willing to trade her freedom for a few thousand dollars in illegally gained workers’ compensation benefits. (Why do...

Permanent Disability – The Language is Clear

A nurse practitioner has been arrested in connection with a scheme that allegedly involved profiting off of student loans, according to the U.S  Department of Justice (DOJ). Catherine Seemer, NP, age 42, of Elmsford, New York, allegedly secured more than $10 million in student loans for patients...

Paperwork Troubles

New York state’s Workers’ Compensation Board website has more than 200 forms associated with filing a claim. They range from the initial claimant form that starts the whole process to a proof of death form. A Buffalo man altered a few forms related to his...

Wall Street Wannabe

For most of the world, the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020 marked a time to come together and have each other’s backs. For others, such as dual New York and Florida resident, Gregory Blotnick, it signaled an opportunity to try and make a quick...

Ahoy There Matey

When a physician takes the Hippocratic Oath, they vow to uphold certain ethical standards. Dr. Konstantinos Zarkadas, 47, of Long Island, N.Y., seems to have conveniently forgotten what that promise was all about. The deceptive doctor applied for multiple small business loans under the...

Pandemic Pie

Ever had a craving for pie? Perhaps apple pie a la mode or pumpkin pie with whipped cream sounds delicious to you at this time of the year. There’s a relatively new flavor of pie that has gained the attention of many unscrupulous individuals...
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