Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Thank You for Not Frauding

The history of “buttlegging,” or cigarette smuggling, is unfortunately rather established on the east coast of the US. The practice has commonly been used by organized crime and terrorist organizations to defraud the government of money and raise illicit funds. In fact,...

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...

Family Isn’t Always Forever

Donald Glenn Connor of Fort Dodge, Iowa was sentenced to ten months in prison after stealing more than $15,000 in Social Security benefits. He pleaded guilty in February to one count of representative payee fraud. Connor applied to become the representative payee, someone the Social...

[VULNERABILITY ALERT] War in Ukraine: Cybersecurity Vulnerability

U.S. cybersecurity officials are urging all American agencies and companies to be on the lookout for increases in Russian cyberattacks amid the growing hostilities in the war on Ukraine. From SolarWinds Orion to the Colonial Pipeline attacks, state-sanctioned cybercriminals continue to increase the sophistication of their Tactics,...

Free-for-All

A Malden, Mass., man thought that the U.S. Government’s offer of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) meant he could apply for and receive unemployment-related benefits and use them to go on a shopping spree. (He clearly did not read the fine print on the application...

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...

Fraudster And Friends

Two San Diego residents have been sentenced for their role in a scheme to use prison inmates’ personal information to fraudulently obtain unemployment benefits. Ryan Kubista and Maereichelle Marquez, both pleaded guilty to felony charges for making false statements on an unemployment application. (This...

To Dispense or Not to Dispense

Mohamad Ali Makki, 46, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., participated in a healthcare fraud scheme that defrauded Medicare, Medicaid, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan of nearly $10 million. As a licensed pharmacist at LifeCare Pharmacy in Farmington Hills over six years, Makki and...
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