Sunday, October 2, 2022

$5,000 Will Cost You

Would you be willing to serve up to 20 years in prison and pay a fine of $250,000 in exchange for illegally obtaining $5,000 in government benefits you didn’t deserve? It seems like a pretty high price to pay for a relatively small sum...

Medicaid Brigade 

A Pittsburgh, Penn., woman pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to defraud the Pennsylvania Medicaid program. (Her rap sheet also included healthcare fraud and aggravated identity theft.) Tamika Adams, 45, was sentenced to prison, followed by supervised release, and a hefty restitution fee for her role...

Hungry for Fraud

Bader Al-Dhumani, 56, of Erie, Penn., pleaded guilty to food stamp fraud as owner of Palm Tree Market. He accepted food stamps in exchange for cash, store credit, and ineligible items. (When retailers apply to become a SNAP-authorized retailer, they must agree to certain...

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...
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