Thursday, August 11, 2022

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...

Risky Business

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Alexandria Business Owner Pleads Guilty To Medicaid Fraud” published by Old Town Alexandria Patch.

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...

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...

The Certainty of Punishment

It was Benjamin Franklin who said the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. But there’s another certainty to consider – punishment for being convicted of tax fraud. When sentenced, Michael J. Tiernan, 62, of Williamsburg, Va., may have to spend some...

Living the High Life

Fraudsters like to live the high life. Luxurious living, all-expense paid vacations, and designer brand purchases are just a few things criminals use to justify fraud and victimize others just so they can live comfortably. Mable Jones, 78, is the former owner of a Richmond,...

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...

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...

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...

Biting Off More Than Can Be Chewed

Sometimes, a person who bites off more than he or she can chew can get into some big trouble. An article published in The Roanoke Times is not talking about a person who ate too much, but a woman who got in over her...
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