Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Turning Point

A turning point is typically described as a time when an important change in a situation occurs, usually one that has beneficial results. Today’s fraud story definitely had a turning point, but there were no benefits reaped by Lopez Scott, 46, of Portsmouth, Va....

‘Til Jail Do Us Part

Some fraudsters are blinded by greed, some by love, and others by both. That seems to be the case for a Virginia Beach couple who pleaded guilty to running a nationwide counterfeit coupon fraud scheme that federal prosecutors say cost retailers and manufacturers nearly...

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...

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...

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,...

Expiration Date

While pandemic unemployment benefits are set to expire on September 6, 2021, fraud cases are sure to continue for many months and even years to come. According to the Department of Labor, almost 13 million people were still collecting jobless aid by mid-July, with...

A Need for Respite

Everyone needs a break at some point, especially primary caregivers of people who cannot care for themselves. This duty often falls on the shoulders of family members, who can become exhausted by their efforts. When some periodic relief is needed, a home...

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...

Fake Entrepreneur

There are many challenges that go along with becoming an entrepreneur. A solid business plan and a product or solution in high demand is central to a company 's success. Then there 's the financing part and the need for an intelligent and efficient...
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