Friday, October 22, 2021

You’ve Been Warned

Katrina Lynch, 39, of Texas, has been sentenced to serve 50 months in prison for defrauding Virginia Medicaid out of nearly $3 million. (For some Medicaid fraudsters, that’s just pocket change.) Lynch owned a home healthcare service company, A Tender Heart, LLC, where she enrolled...

Couple by Day, Fraudsters by Night

Gregory Marcus Tackett, 28, of Pound, Va., was sentenced for fraudulently filing for more than $499,000 in unemployment benefits he was not entitled to. (Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has offered ample opportunity for unscrupulous individuals to jump into the fraud game.) Tackett admitted to conspiring...

For Better or For Worse, but Mostly Worse

Farren Ricketts, 30, of Lee County, Va., pleaded guilty to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft for carrying out a pandemic-related unemployment fraud scheme. According to court documents, Ricketts conspired with others to file claims for pandemic-related unemployment benefits. Apparently, Ricketts filed claims for individuals...

Mother of the Year

A Carroll County, Va., woman has pleaded guilty to Supplemental Security Income fraud after receiving disability benefits for which she was not entitled. Jessica Lynn Hawks, 37, lied to receive benefits from the Social Security Administration for more than two years. Hawks admitted that from...

Scheming on the Outside Leads to Being on the Inside

A woman from Glen Allen, Va., recently pleaded guilty to mail fraud after working to obtain unemployment benefits for prison inmates. Virginia Smith, 37, was the ringleader in a scheme to obtain pandemic-related unemployment benefits for 22 individuals behind bars. Smith and an inmate at...

It Wasn’t Me

A man from Southwest Virginia has pleaded guilty to taking part in a pandemic unemployment benefits scheme that defrauded the government of more than $182,474. Travis Kilgore of Wise waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty Thursday to a two-count Information charging...

Double-dealing Scammers

While many honest pharmacy owners would see operating several pharmacies as a way to earn a living while serving the community, Mohamed Abdalla, the New Jersey owner of several Virginia pharmacies, saw his businesses as vehicles for lucrative fraud. He concocted and carried out...

Something Rotten

The owner of a Virginia refuse company applied for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan in June 2020, stating that Debris or Not Debris Property Preservation would use the funds for business-related purposes, such as payroll, lease, and utility costs. Owner Scott Suber spent...

Healthcare Shell Game

A Roanoke, Virginia, medical practice dreamed up a lucrative scam to charge the government for doses of an expensive medication that it didn’t administer. Over about nine and a half years, Allergy and Asthma Associates (AAA) billed Medicare $627,540 for Xolair that it didn’t...

Plan A Leads to Plan J

Unemployment benefits serve as a safety net for workers who have been laid off and are looking and available for work. During the Coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented number of people have benefited from unemployment benefits on both federal and state levels. (It’s nice to...
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