Thursday, December 8, 2022

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...

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...

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...

Daddy’s Girl

There is a special place in a father's heart for a daughter – it is a special bond that only those two can understand. But, could such a bond translate into fraud? According to a Seattle Times article, the passing of a father led...

COVID Feature: Nowhere to Fly Away To

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Security (CARES) Act was passed in March 2020 to provide economic assistance to struggling families and businesses who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Fraudsters have abused the programs enacted by the CARES Act for their own financial...

Overwhelming Evidence

An Alford plea is used in a criminal case when a defendant doesn't want to plead guilty, but the evidence is so overwhelming that it is likely a judge or jury would find them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. A Virginia couple entered an...

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...

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...

Knowledge vs. Wisdom

There’s a difference between being knowledgeable and being wise. You can have knowledge without wisdom, but you can’t have wisdom without knowledge. Uzma Ehtesham, a psychiatrist from Wise, Va., who knew better, was not very wise when she used her knowledge to carry out...
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