Thursday, December 1, 2022

“If They Approve it, Do You Think it’s Illegal?”

Fraudsters have good questions as did Ian Hosang, May 8, 2020, after he was arrested and arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court for grand larceny, identity theft and scheming to defraud the IRS, by establishing fake non-profits with legitimate-sounding names, like “American Cancer Society for...

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...

That’s Not What I Was Prescribed

The American justice system does not discriminate based on age. If you commit fraud, they'll prosecute you whether you’re straight out of high school or going through a midlife crisis. The latter may be the case for Jennifer Caloia, age 57, who was sentenced...

Who’s Crying Now?

There are harmless diversions and then there are harmful ones. An example of a harmless diversion is when your child is having a temper tantrum in the middle of the check-out line at the grocery store, and you offer them a binky, favorite toy,...

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...

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...

Paying Respects – Not

When a loved one who collects government benefits dies, the right thing to do is to notify the office that administers the program. (In fact, it’s required.) That’s not to say program administrators won’t be sympathetic to your grief, but even sympathy has its...

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,...

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...

My Client Can’t Get In

Basic legal ethics for attorneys dictate that they serve their clients’ interests and funds with good judgement. It is an ethical violation to mix a client’s money from a settlement with the attorney’s funds, even if it is accidental or innocent of any malicious...
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