Thursday, June 30, 2022

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...

Unentitled

A New York City pharmacist has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud. Sajid Javed owned and operated numerous pharmacies which were used to submit more than $7.1 million in fraudulent claims to Medicaid and Medicare. Javed illegally...

Zero Sum Fraud

Committing welfare fraud in a county that operates a ''Zero Tolerance'' Anti-Fraud, Waste and Abuse Program is clearly a zero sum game. Such is the case with an upstate New York couple who were nabbed by the Ulster County District Attorney in 2014 for...

That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles

Former U.S. Postal Service employee Christine O’Neill, of Johnson City, N.Y., has been sentenced for committing workers compensation fraud. She will serve three years on probation for profiting from baking cookies and cakes, while also receiving federal workers compensation payments. O’Neill ran her own baking...

Playing Post Office

George William Doumar’s Oregon mailbox business came in handy, once he decided to fraudulently cash in on his aunt’s Social Security benefits. In the late 1980s, he changed his aunt’s address from New York to Klamath Falls, with her benefit checks coming to his...

Having Fun with Others’ Funds

Sean Okrzesik, 34, of Syracuse, N.Y., was sentenced to 25 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges of aggravated identity theft and theft of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. SSI is funded by general tax revenue and helps the elderly and disabled,...

Disabling Disability Fraud

Sir Walter Scott once said, “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive.” (How right he was.) Jane B. Smith, 65, of Hudson, N.Y., can attest to that after pleading guilty to attempted wire fraud and making false statements...

What a Trip

Ibrahim Aksakal, 49, also known as “Dennis,” pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud and wire fraud in connection with a “birth tourism” scheme in Suffolk County, N.Y. The scheme enabled pregnant Turkish women to enter the United States using tourist and...

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...

Lavish Lifestyle

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), an SBA-backed loan that helped businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis, ended May 31, 2021. But the fraud cases regarding millions of dollars stolen from the government program have only just begun. Today’s fraud spotlight is on...
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