Thursday, June 30, 2022

Loud and Clear

According to a survey published by the Hearing Review, mid-range hearing aids can average around $4,000 a pair. A custom pair fitted by an audiologist can cost close to double that amount and many insurance plans won't pick up any of the bill. Perhaps...

What a Rip-off

There is no shortage of fraudsters trying to rip off government benefits programs. Add in a natural disaster and the number of criminals lining up to take what is not theirs gets even longer. An article published in Convenience Store and Fuel News reports...

Egg on His Face

In the history of the world, has any hypocrite ever been fair? (Nope.) A Syracuse.com report has the story of an upstate New York diner owner who employed an anti-tax, anti-government brand to market his restaurant. The publicity might have been good for business,...

Wired’ Fraud

A failure to correctly classify employees may help an employer get ahead in the short term, but, ultimately, everybody gets short-circuited. Consider the owner of an electrical contracting company in New York, who zapped more than $94,000 from the state by paying his employees...

Fueling Fraud

Criminals commit fraudulent acts for all sorts of reasons. They may be under financial pressure, need to support an addictive habit or just because they can. A story posted on Syracuse.com tells the story of the widow of a murdered pizzeria owner and an...

Kicked Out

Martial arts require participants to punch and kick. So one could reason that you'd have to be in pretty good shape, have good balance and be free from injury to take part. A Staten Island lineman, who worked for a large telephone company in...

Managing the Risk of Fraud

Farmers buy crop insurance to help manage the multitude of risks involved in crop production. Weather and pests are hard to control, so farmers buy an insurance policy to reduce the risk of damage to approved commodities and the potential revenue loss. An article...

It All Adds Up

New York state law requires employers to maintain Workers' Compensation insurance coverage for their employees. While receiving benefits, employees are also expected to tell the truth about their work activity, or lack thereof, to insurance carriers and the Workers' Compensation Board. (Sounds easy enough...

Stamp of Disapproval

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp program, provides federal aid to approved beneficiaries with little or no income living within the U.S. (Tax dollars subsidize specific food purchases at approved retail food stores.) An article posted on Syracuse.com...

No Show’ Means ‘No Go’

A lot of health care fraud is committed by medical providers who claim they performed procedures on patients, when in reality they did not. (It's one of the oldest tricks in the fraud book.) They fraudulently bill government insurance programs for the bogus care,...
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