Thursday, June 30, 2022

Like Clockwork

What would you do with an extra $14,500 a year? Deborah Rossoni, 58, of Lemoore, Calif., collected that amount from the Social Security Administration (SSA) every year, for six years. (There was just one problem – the money did not belong to her, and...

Sentencing Puts the Hurt on Pain Clinic Fraudster

Mashiyat Rashid, a Michigan healthcare CEO, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in a massive, cruel healthcare fraud and opioid distribution scheme. Pain clinics and other medical providers under his direction forced patients to undergo extremely lucrative back injections in...

Skimming

Fraudsters like to remain incognito by skimming just a little bit off the top over time. They figure that no one will notice they are taking extra for themselves. The tactic didn’t work for Giovanne Gomez of Providence, R.I., who pleaded nolo contendere to...

Facing Change

The owner of a Lewiston, Maine counseling agency named “Facing Change” is ironically facing a great deal of change in her own life after being convicted for committing Medicaid fraud. She used her mental health and substance abuse counseling agency to steal more than...

COVID Feature: Cryptocurrency COVID-19 Scams

Fraudsters are happy to take your money in whatever form it comes in whether that be cash, bank accounts, credit cards, loans, or gift cards. As a few tech savvy criminals have recently demonstrated, they are also willing to be paid in cryptocurrency. Today, we...

Clear Line of Sight

Opticians are eye wear professionals who help customers find the perfect pair of prescription eyeglasses and ensure they fit properly. There is a set of specific knowledge and skills that one must possess to become an Optician. Being skilled in identity theft fraud is...

COVID Feature: Beware of COVID-19 Scams

COVID-19 fraud scams are sweeping the nation via robocalls, texts, emails, and imposter schemes. As of April 28, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported 27,820 consumer complaints related just to the virus outbreak, including 15,000 complaints about fraud. (Victims reported losing a median...

Watch Out for DNA Scams

It appears that a new wave of Medicare fraud scams involving DNA testing has been detected. Whether lured by free ice cream or scared of potential life-threatening illnesses, senior citizens are being deceptively convinced to provide their Medicare number in exchange for a cheek swab....

Lying in Wait

In 2017, 16.7 million people were impacted by identity theft, proving that it can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, profession or income level. Even though identity theft can be a very annoying experience that endangers credit reports, very rarely does identity theft fraud endanger lives....

The One That Got Away

A report compiled by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General states that student aid fraud cost the federal government nearly $200 million between 2009 and 2012. Today’s fraud article states that student loan fraud is growing because of the increase in the number...
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