A Medicare Scheme Without Borders

Rare Medicare fraud case linking Miami to Nicaragua ends with 10 convictions

Miami Herald

A one-of-a-kind Medicare fraud case — U.S. expatriates using fake Miami addresses to receive millions of dollars in federal healthcare coverage while living abroad — has reached a climax with 10 defendants pleading guilty.

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Promoting the Debate on Elder Abuse

Protecting dementia sufferers from scammers gains ground in U.S.

The New York Times

Two years after New York socialite Brooke Astor died in 2007, her son, Anthony Marshall, was convicted of bilking her of millions of dollars. The heiress suffered from dementia, and did not know that her son, charged with her care, was paying himself exorbitant amounts from her assets.

The Astor story is surprisingly common: a growing number of Americans suffer from Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, and a sizeable percentage of those patients will fall victim to scams.

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Millennials, Protect Your Identities

5 ways millennials are in danger of bank fraud

Huff Post Financial Education 

Millennials aren't incredibly worried about bank fraud -- but they should be.

According to a 2014 Federal Trade Commission study, 20- to 29-year-olds are the highest reporting group for identity theft, making up a full fifth of complaints across all age brackets. 

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Don't Hand Out Your Banking Credentials

Think twice before linking your bank account to an app

TIME

Consumer protections limit your liability in case of fraud -- but you need to act quickly.

Consumers routinely share their online banking passwords with third-party apps that help with everything from budgeting to tax preparation. Apparently banks would like this to stop.

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How to Combat the Complex Threat of Fraud

Nonprofit fraud: it’s a people problem, so combat it with governance

Nonprofit Quarterly

Skimming cash, purchasing schemes, and financial statement fraud—three very different types of fraud that nonprofits must prevent, detect, and insure against. Still, behind each of them—and every variety of deliberate, deceptive acts against nonprofits—there’s a fundamental and shared dynamic at play.

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Medicare's Part D and the Conspiracy to Commit Fraud

Fraud still plagues Medicare's prescription drug program

NPR

Fraud and abuse continue to dog Medicare's popular prescription drug program, despite a bevy of initiatives launched to prevent them, according to two new reports by the inspector general of Health and Human Services.

Their release follows the arrests of 44 pharmacy owners, doctors and others, who last week were accused of bilking the program, known as Part D.

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A New King Among Tax Fraud?

Record 27 years prison for tax fraud, beating tax fraud queen's 21 years

Forbes

How long in prison can you get for tax fraud? Longer than you might think. A Florida man, James Lee Cobb III, was sentenced to 27 years, even more than another Florida defendant who received 21 year. Previously, many people were surprised at the 21 year sentence self-proclaimed ‘Tax Fraud Queen’ Rashia Wilson received, and she got the same sentence twice. She appealed, and an appeals court in 2014 struck down her 21 year term.

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