Tuesday, May 24, 2022

A Liar, A Fraudster, A Murderer, Oh My!

You would think that a criminal, who has spent a substantial amount of time behind bars, might want to be wary of breaking the law again. Well, sad to say, Kyle McLemore, 44, of Philadelphia, Pa., apparently forged full steam ahead into another criminal...

Step Right on Up

“Step right on up and get your free cancer screening test here!” (That’s what I imagine Terri Haines, 57, of Kennett Square, Penn., may have said while swabbing her elderly victims for DNA samples.) The former medical laboratory sales representative, who made a living...

Responsibilities

Being a fiduciary is a huge responsibility. It is a commitment to act in the best interest of someone or an entity that has been placed in their care. A New Kensington, Pa., man who was the fiduciary for his service-disabled brother misappropriated money...

Betting Your Bottom Dollar

An estimated 140 million people across the United States collect coins. Some people take up the hobby because they appreciate the rarity and beauty of some coins and enjoy the challenge of finding that “perfect” coin. Others like to learn about the history, politics,...

Just Put It on My Tab

Fraudsters don’t like to pay for anything. They want what they want for free, no matter the expense to others. Former family practitioner Emilio Ramon Navarro, 60, of Coal Center, Penn., kept a tab open with Medicaid by repeatedly billing the government healthcare agency...

Never Waste a Crisis

In early 2020, severe shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as N95 masks, gloves, and gowns occurred when the COVID-19 virus created a very large and immediate demand. While manufacturers tried to boost production to increase supplies, fraudsters jumped in and created scams...

Oath-breaking for Money-making

A Pennsylvania cardiologist risked the health of his patients to fill his pockets with taxpayer dollars. Dr. Samirkumar J. Shah, 58, of Fox Chapel, was convicted of two counts of healthcare fraud following an eight-day jury trial and sentenced for his oath-breaking actions. Between 2008...

Scam on Aisle 2

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program) is designed to end hunger among Americans with limited means. SNAP provides financial benefits via Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, to purchase only food at authorized stores (Unless the grocery is...

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Online banking customers enjoy instant access to their account balances from their computers and mobile devices. Checking account balances, reviewing transactions, paying bills and easily transferring money between accounts is a nice perk of the service. A Sandy Springs, Ga., man used his online...

Exploiting Addictions

Most doctors and other healthcare professionals take exceptional care in protecting the patients they serve. But there are always a few bad apples who abuse their patient’s trust so they can make an extra buck. This is the case with a physician from Pittsburgh,...
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