Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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...

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...

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...

Family Frauds Together for 31-Years

Guess the saying ''the apple doesn't fall far from the tree'' aptly applies to one Seattle family. A report by the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Social Security Administration outlines the crimes of a family of four that have been claiming disability...

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...

Epic Fraud

Some criminals are one-time offenders and learn their lesson the first time around. Others are unable to give up a life of crime and commit multiple offenses despite the punishment received for their illegal actions. A story posted on PilotOnline.com describes a Virginia identity...

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...

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...

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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