Thursday, August 11, 2022

Falling on Hard Times

A variety of things can cause a person to fall on hard times. A debilitating illness, job loss or financial trouble can make people do desperate things. An article published in The Daily Item reports on an elderly father and son who teamed up...

Throwing Caution to the Wind

When criminals commit fraudulent acts, they subject themselves to the risk of being caught and punished for their illegal deeds. (Some fraudsters carefully plan out their ruse and hide their schemes, while others throw caution to the wind in their careless pursuit to take...

Sidelined

Not all professional athletes make millions of dollars. For those not in the top tiers of their sports, such as players in semiprofessional leagues, having a second job in the off-season is not unusual. Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' tells about an Oklahoma City...

Putting out the Fraud Fire

In August 2012, a wildfire broke out near Mannford, Okla., and spread swiftly across town destroying nearly 80 square miles of homes, buildings and dry vegetation. According to an article in Tulsa World, as affected residents began to rebuild their lives following the...

When Teamwork Does Not Make the Dream Work

Adam Arena of Buffalo, N.Y., and Amanda Gloria of Altus, Okla., both 44, were arrested for fraudulently obtaining and laundering COVID-19 relief Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds. Arena and Gloria allegedly conspired together to fraudulently obtain and misuse almost $1 million in PPP loans. Court documents...

Benefit Buffet

Fraudsters tend to see government benefit programs as a smorgasbord serving up an abundance of free money. A business owner, who operated six substance abuse counseling centers in Oklahoma, received more than $1.5 million in Medicaid reimbursements she did not deserve. It is reported that...

Sooner Rather than Later

The Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889 occurred when approximately 50,000 individuals lined up to claim their piece of two million acres of unoccupied public land across the state. Those who entered the designated area before the official start of the land rush were called...

That’s the Way the Ball Bounces

In the state of Oklahoma, Medicaid pays for behavioral health rehabilitation services that are designed to support and treat children and their families who are experiencing difficulties in their daily lives. The intent is to help them improve their lives through counseling by keeping...

Busted Scheme in Broken Arrow

A businessman from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The loan program is designed to help legitimate small business owners keep their doors open and help...

Oh Behave

According to Medicaid.gov, the government benefits program is the single largest payer for mental health services for adults and children in the United States. The owner of an Oklahoma-based behavioral health counseling service and her son, who was employed by the business, took advantage...
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