Friday, January 21, 2022

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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