Monday, February 6, 2023

One Pound, Thinly Sliced Please

Two Brownsville women were sentenced to Federal prison Wednesday for their roles in a $1.2 million food stamp fraud that included but not limited to buying nearly 50 tons of cheese slices, the U.S. Department of Justice said. That is about 4,900 slices! Ana Rioja,...

‘Till Fraud Do Us Part

Xiaojian Tao and Yu “Laura” Long are facing several charges due to their involvement in a  number of criminal activities. The married couple’s alleged scheme to defraud a research and development company that provided services to industrial and government clients in the United States...

No Assistance Needed

Jamie Aguilar, a Mexican national, was sentenced in Del Rio, Tex., to a 45-month prison term after pleading guilty to one count of Theft of Public Money. (No surprise here that another fraudster is not who they claim to be.) In May 2006, the 60-year-old,...

It Takes a Village to Take Advantage

Two doctors, Dr. Mark E. Gibbs and Dr. Laila Hirjee, helped Novus Health Services, a hospice agency, to defraud Medicare in Dallas, Tex. Gibbs and Hirjee, who served as Medical Directors for Novus, partnered with a nurse and several high-ranking members and staff of...

It Never Occurred

Peripheral Vascular Associates, a full-service vascular surgery practice with multiple locations in San Antonio, Tex., was ordered to pay $8.1 million in damages for submitting more than 7,000 fraudulent Medicare claims, according to evidence provided to court by three whistleblowers. These witnesses alleged that...

All Pain and No Wellness

Anurag Dass a.k.a. Anna Dass, 49, of Houston, Tex., used her clinic, A&A Pain and Wellness Center Inc. to carry out an illegal kickback and money laundering scheme. Anna Dass’ brother, Anukul “Andy” Dass, 44, and Stephen Vincent Hunt,70, helped her to steal $9.1...

Choose Your Partners Wisely

When choosing a business partner, it’s important to find someone that can bring their skills and experience to the company. You’d also want someone that shares your values and vision and can offer resources and credibility. When an optometrist at Outreach Diagnostic Clinic in...

The Wild West Meets Boston Harbor

A Texas woman has admitted to her involvement in a scheme to fraudulently claim COVID-19-related unemployment assistance in Massachusetts. (It seems that everything is bigger in Texas, even the fraud.) Donna Wasson, 37, of San Antonio recently pleaded guilty to three counts of wire...

With the Check of a Box

Sometimes, the criminal justice system allows individuals or businesses to resolve allegations to avoid incrimination or incarceration. A 49-year-old physician from The Woodlands, Tex., was fortunate to settle allegations he submitted false claims for the placement of electro-acupuncture devices on his patients. (Oh, and...

A Faulty Operation

Dinesh Sah, 55, of Texas, has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison for submitting 15 fraudulent applications to the forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. (Apparently, the judge was not in a forgiving mood when he lowered his gavel.) Sah submitted the...
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