Friday, October 22, 2021

Cannon Ball

Some fraudsters dip their toe in the proverbial fraud pool before jumping in. They’ll dabble in something small before gaining confidence to pull off larger and more complicated fraud schemes. Jeurin Celado, a Dominican national, went all in. You could say that he did...

Faking It Didn’t Make It

A North Providence, R.I., man and his co-conspirators were sentenced to prison for 30 months for conspiring to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. They were involved in an automobile warranty fraud scheme that caused a loss of more than $385,352.19 to a...

Fraud’s a Beach

Many people enjoy vacationing in a charming beach town. Most of those vacationers save up for a trip or bite the bullet and run up the credit card a bit to foot the bill. Lauren Houck, of Abingdon, Md., decided that using someone else’s...

Cracking the Ethics Code

A Rhode Island chiropractor has been sentenced for executing a scheme to defraud a healthcare benefits program and failing to pay taxes on the income he received from his business. (Hiding money from the government doesn’t tend to go well.) Eugene Kramer, 51, was...

Black Belt in Fraud

Workers’ Compensation programs are intended to aid those who have been injured on-the-job and are unable to return to work. This program provides financial support to the injured party in the form of wage compensation. Fraudsters often seek to exploit workers’ compensation benefits by...

Gambling with Others’ Futures

A Rhode Island resident has been convicted of Medicaid fraud and ordered to pay $21,797.61 in restitution to the state of Rhode Island. Brian Mooney pleaded no contest in Kent County Superior Court to one count of Medicaid fraud and seven counts of exploitation...

Not Who She Appears to Be

Medicaid is a federal healthcare program that is meant to aid those with limited income and resources. Over 70 million Americans are currently covered by Medicaid. Low-income families, pregnant women, children, and individuals with disabilities are just a few of the groups qualified to...

Squaring Up

The term “double-crosser” refers to someone who does something different from what they promised. Today’s fraudster agreed to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as a retail provider, but didn’t abide by the government program’s rules. He double-crossed the government twice and...

Fraud from Within

It is common for fraud to occur from within an organization. Employees with inside access to personally identifiable information often find a gold mine of data that helps them to carry out their fraudulent schemes. Such is the case for a former employee of...

Seeing Clearly

There are people who love to create a haze around their fraudulent acts so that government officials can't see what is going on. A Rhode Island woman tried to hide behind the state 's unemployment benefits voice response system and failed to provide accurate...
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