Wednesday, March 3, 2021

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...

Adult Supervision

Sometimes adults need care and supervision during the day. Whether it’s senior citizens or disabled citizens, adult day care centers can provide enjoyment, entertainment and companionship. Today, we take a look at the former owner and operator of two adult day care centers in...

Fraud’s Fast Track to Prison

People need to have confidence in their healthcare providers and in the government programs that help cover their healthcare costs. That was the message from a federal judge when he sentenced a San Antonio man to seven years in federal prison for his role...

Bogus Bonuses

Workplace performance bonuses are a great thing, unless they are driven by incentives that can send you to jail. That is the case for a pair of Texas women who were convicted recently on six counts of healthcare fraud that involved overbilling the federal...

Double-Dipping Dilemma

When will unscrupulous people figure out that they can’t double-dip on workers’ compensation claims? (Most likely, never.) A double-dipping lesson came too late for a man from Kingwood, Texas, who was recently convicted of workers’ compensation fraud. (Hindsight is 20-20 they say.) The Texan received a...

Get Back to Work!

There are basically four ways an individual can be prosecuted for committing workers compensation fraud: 1) faking a work injury; 2) secretly working while collecting workers’ compensation benefits; 3) collecting benefits from multiple employers; and, 4) fraud rings. Today’s fraudster from Midland, Texas chose...
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