Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Can’t Fool the Government Twice

The man who was at the center of the 2018 District 9 election scandal was sentenced to prison Thursday for collecting disability while being paid for working on campaigns. Leslie McCrae Dowless, 65, admitted to defrauding the Social Security Administration. (One scandal just wasn’t...

A Perfect Fit

While it’s typical for the owner of a company to ensure that their business is thriving, owners can also get in the way of their own success. This was the case of a North Carolina woman, Shelly Phillips Bandy, 41, who admitted to making...

Southern Hospitality, Sweet Tea, and a Bunch of Stooges

When one thinks of North Carolina, they normally think of southern hospitality and sweet tea. However, there are a few folks who didn’t get the memo and could work on their manners a bit more. Ruben Samuel Matos, of Angier, has been sentenced for...

Fraud and All That Jazz

Jasmine Johnnae Clifton, 24, of Charlotte, N.C., pleaded guilty to wire fraud for fraudulently obtaining a COVID-19 loan for almost $150,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Clifton admitted to defrauding the SBA by obtaining Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) based on false...

A Fall from Grace

A Greensboro, N.C. woman has been sentenced after participating in a scheme that defrauded the North Carolina Medicaid program out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Things started going south for this fraudster when she decided to misrepresent her business affairs. Pamela Grace Faulkner, 60,...

COVID Feature: Snowball Effect

A snowball effect is described metaphorically as a process that begins as something very small, but as it gains momentum, it becomes larger, more serious, and perhaps even dangerous or devastating. Rashawn Prioleau, 35, of Charlotte, N.C., triggered an avalanche when he allegedly engaged...

Long Way from Home

A Bethesda, Md., man was sentenced for his role in a scheme that defrauded the North Carolina Medicaid program out of more than $175,000. Christian Anthony Ekberg, 34, was an officer and minority shareholder of an out-of-state company that had a business partnership with...

Man Who Doesn’t Care Receives Fraudulent CARES Act Funds

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act helps provide emergency financial assistance, including expanded unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to people suffering from the economic struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic. Joseph Ransome, 51, of Indian Trail, N.C., filed for and received unemployment benefits,...

A Cast of Unscrupulous Characters

As today’s fraud drama unveils, we see a cast of unscrupulous characters that include two brothers, an office billing manager, a licensed nurse practitioner, and an individual who is an expert at forging medical treatment notes (I didn’t know that was a “thing”.) The...

Putting a Stop to Fraud

More than 2.1 million residents of North Carolina receive Medicaid benefits. (Just so you know, that’s about 20 percent of the state’s population.) The government healthcare program and taxpayers took a $900,000 hit when a Durham woman used her two mental health businesses to carry out...
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