Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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,...

New Year, Same Shenanigans

Many individuals make New Year’s resolutions related to self-improvement. This was apparently not the case for a woman from Pittsburgh, Pa., who was sentenced for her role in a Medicaid scam that lasted for more than five years. (Studies show that only about 20...

COVID Feature: Already on the Inside

Nearly two dozen Pennsylvania inmates have been charged, along with their accomplices on the outside, with conspiring to obtain unemployment benefits intended for those who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro charged 20 inmates and accomplices across three...

Cross-country Fraud Deal Gone Bad

The illegal sale of controlled substances can be linked directly to the prescription drug epidemic the nation is currently facing. While prescription pain medicines are supposed to be carefully prescribed and regulated, mismanagement by healthcare professionals can easily go unnoticed, especially when they enlist...

Addicted to Fraud

Psychiatrists are supposed to help those in need of mental health services but some take advantage of their patients’ frail states rather than fulfill their professional duties. One psychiatrist from Pennsylvania admitted to orchestrating a “pay for prescription” Medicaid fraud scheme. Lancaster local Bassam El-Borno,...

Fraud Consultants Inc.

People tend to enjoy their work more when they are close with their co-workers. Two Pennsylvania women have reinforced their close working relationship by becoming fraudsters and co-conspirators who were recently convicted for Medicaid fraud. (They got each other into a lot of trouble,...

COVID Feature: Misdirected Money

Millions of Americans have filed for unemployment benefits in recent months due to the Coronavirus pandemic. One of the states that has been hit the hardest is Pennsylvania, where over 2.3 million residents have applied for unemployment benefits since March. U.S. Attorney William McSwain of...

Tarnished Reputation?

A Pennsylvania lab is distancing itself from its former CEO--a Medicare fraudster--as it expands its Medicare-backed services to COVID-19 testing. (No company wants to be associated with their rotten apples.) MHS Labs in Monroeville received state and federal approval to begin COVID-19 testing despite...

Repeat Offenders

It is interesting to examine the rate of recidivism, or the tendency for a convicted criminal to become a repeat offender. According to a special report by the U.S. Department of Justice, 68% of released prisoners were arrested within three years, 79% within six...

Targeting COVID-19 Fraud in Pennsylvania

There’s no emergency sufficiently dire nor human tragedy great enough to deter scammers from trying to cash in on them. That’s evident in the growing variety of COVID-19 fraud schemes being concocted and promulgated across the country as government and citizens battle the spread...
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