Friday, June 25, 2021

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...

COVID Feature: Follow the Money

Fraudsters tend to take advantage of vulnerable situations for their own selfish gain. A Houston man is accused of doing just that by fraudulently applying for aid meant to assist those financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. (Sadly, he’s one of many unscrupulous individuals...

Those Who Lie Together Stay Together

A good marital relationship is usually based on trust, love, and mutual interests. One Texas couple is facing prison time together because of their shared interest in fraud and greed. (Not exactly a solid foundation for a great marriage.) George “Compound King” Tompkins and his...

COVID Feature: Come Hell or High Water

The Paycheck Protection Program is a part of the recent federal bailout of businesses hurt by the COVID-19-related economic disaster. There have been many attempts to take advantage of this lending program. One of the latest alleged attempts came from Samuel Yates of Maud,...

Orthodontist found guilty of more than 1,800 cases of fraud

Imagine earning money for services never performed – and that came from public coffers. That's exactly what Dr. Richard Malouf did, according to Texas Medicaid investigators. Malouf, an orthodontist with several clinics in Dallas, falsely billed Medicaid for services that other doctors performed, some...
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