Thursday, December 2, 2021

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...

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...

On the Hook

At Seafood and More in Danville, Va., you can order up some frog legs, jumbo shrimp, oysters, crab cakes, and even alligator if you’re adventurous. And apparently, in the past, SNAP benefits were also available for market price. (I can guarantee you that particular...

An Abundance of Lies

There’s one thing that fraudsters have definitely mastered – lying. It’s part of their job description. A former Fairfax County, Va., doctor told so many lies about her “pill mill” fraud scheme that her pretrial release was revoked after the government produced overwhelming evidence...

COVID Feature: Fraud Debris

A business owner from Virginia Beach, Va., is one of the latest to be accused of fraudulently obtaining coronavirus relief loans and using the funds for personal expenses. (Scott Suber is currently facing one count of bank fraud for being extremely selfish, amongst other...

Another One Bites the Dust

The most common perpetrator of healthcare fraud is usually someone working within the profession who has access to sensitive patient information. This includes, but is not limited to doctors, nurses, medical sales representatives, and pharmacists. An Arlington, Va., man recently pleaded guilty to his...

Mountain of Malpractice

A Chesapeake, Va. gynecologist has been convicted by a federal grand jury for manipulating his patients and defrauding Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance programs. (This guy was ambitious, not to mention evil.) Javaid Perwaiz was found guilty on 52 counts related to insurance...

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...

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...
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