Sunday, January 24, 2021

An Unemployed Fraudster

Ronald Smith of Virginia Beach has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and fraudulently collecting federal unemployment benefits. The wire fraud charge is in response to his involvement in an internet scam that stole $1,287,000 from 1,700 victims. (Smith was convicted for a similar scam...

Cutting Off the Blood Supply

Medicaid is jointly funded by the Federal Government and the states, but each state operates its own Medicaid program within federal guidelines to provide health care coverage to those with lower incomes and resources. Sadly, the government healthcare program is often targeted by fraudsters...

A Not So Tender Heart

Some people are called to the medical field because of their endless compassion and desire to care for people. Others work in the medical field because of their greed and the opportunity to exploit others. Katrina Lynch of Cypress, Virginia used her position in the...

Lavish Fraud

Most people would be amenable to living a lavish lifestyle if they had the means to support it and it was legal. The former owner of a Portsmouth, Va. home health care company, P&S Home Health Care Solutions, used her position to support a...

There’s Nothing Wise About Committing Fraud

Americans are all too familiar with the devastating effects of opioid abuse. On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What is less known is the role Medicaid plays in that. Non-elderly people with opioid...

Buried Under a Mountain of Paperwork

Medicaid provider fraud is pretty common. It’s usually accomplished by submitting lots of claim forms stating that services were provided to beneficiaries, when they were not. Such is the case of a Troutdale, Virginia woman who was recently convicted of Medicaid fraud. She submitted...

What a Quack

The American Psychiatric Association explains that psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. They can also help with the physical aspects of psychological problems and write prescriptions. (This can help bring restorative health to people who...

With Open Arms

A Glen Allen, Virginia woman is the focus of today’s “Fraud of the Day” article for opening her arms wide to fraud. While the connotation of open arms means that someone or something is welcomed and accepted, this Richmond-area owner of three family counseling...

Government-funded Vacation

Living in the United States has many benefits, like democracy and an enormous amount of freedom. Then, there’s access to excellent education, healthcare and other government benefits to consider. Last time I checked, government-funded vacations were not one of the perks of living in...

Need vs. Greed

A need is something you must have to survive, such as food, water, or a roof over your head. A want is something that is nice to have, but you can actually live without it. (Like luxury items funded by government benefit programs.) The...
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