Sunday, November 28, 2021

A Nettlesome Case

A licensed chiropractor in Rockport, Tex., will pay $273,000 to settle allegations that she falsely billed Medicare for the use of acupuncture devices. Stacy Hawkins is also the chief financial officer of Rockport Physical Medicine, PA. The company billed Medicare for the implantation of neurostimulator...

Uncaring CARES Fraudster

A Texas woman, La Donna Higgins, 37, allegedly used $3.7 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan funds to buy herself two houses, multiple cars, and a wide array of luxury goods. (Meanwhile, thousands of businesses permanently closed, while families on the brink deferred...

Terminal Fraudster

The former head of Novus and Optimum Health Services has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and healthcare fraud. Bradley J. Harris, 39, admitted in court to using his hospice business to defraud Medicare and Medicaid out tens of millions of dollars. Harris...

Prison is No Laughing Matter

Punishment for identity theft fraud is no joke, and definitely not during a pandemic. Emilee Fenton and Dalton Brewer, both 24, of Gilmer, Tex., are each facing up to 15 years in federal prison for conspiring to commit identity theft related to COVID economic...

The Grim Reaper Cometh

The Grim Reaper is death personified. (Kind of a harsh way to start a fraud blog but stick with me.) A Texas corporate executive and his co-conspirator essentially assumed the role of this hideous creature. They falsely told thousands of patients with long-term illnesses...

COVID Feature: Double Scam

Samuel Yates of Maud, Tex., has been charged with allegedly filling out fraudulent applications for more than $5 million dollars in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Yates was charged with two counts of wire fraud for seeking PPP loans from two different Texas-based banks....

COVID Feature: The Wizards of Fraud

Just about everyone is familiar with The Wizard of Oz movie. While the Wizard of Oz character appeared in different forms throughout the popular 1939 movie terrorizing Dorothy and her friends, it turned out that he was simply a conman hiding behind a curtain....

Bevy of Fraudsters

Medicare reimburses for legitimate home healthcare services delivered by medical providers. Because home healthcare is provided in a patient’s own home, this less expensive, more convenient service is considered just as effective as the care provided in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. Leave...

Clinically Fraudulent

A doctor is supposed to advocate for their patients and uphold the Hippocratic Oath. While most doctors do this, there are a few rotten apples who seek to take advantage of their patients. This is the case for a doctor from Port Neches, Tex.,...

The Poor and Weary

Fraudsters seek to exploit groups of individuals who are perceived as being most susceptible to their schemes. This includes targeting the elderly, low income individuals, those with disabilities, and anyone else they see as “easy” to manipulate. A Texas man is the ringleader behind a...
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