Sunday, October 2, 2022

Cornerstone of Fraud

Luis Angel Lozada, of Clayton, North Carolina, was the cornerstone of a healthcare fraud scheme that stole more than a million dollars from the North Carolina Medicaid system through the submission of false and fraudulent behavioral health claims. It is ironic that Lozada used...

Throwing Her Weight Around

Fraudsters are brazen. They don’t mind throwing their weight around to get what they want. A Saint Pauls, N.C., woman used her job as an operations supervisor at the Fayetteville offices of the Social Security Administration (SSA) to steal $760,966 in Supplemental Security Income...

A Sacred Journey

Most healthcare professionals join the field because they want to make an impact in their patients’ lives. One woman from Raleigh, N.C., certainly made an impact on the lives of her patients, but unfortunately, it was not for the better. Connie Omari, 37, has...

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...
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