Insurance Fraud Headlines for June 18, 2015

Here are the top insurance fraud stories for today:

* Wheels and Tires Disappearing in Detroit (NICB)

* Authorities arrest 243 people in $712 million Medicare fraud (Reuters)

* Vernon Counselors Charged With Medicaid Fraud (Courant)

* Questionable mileage claims in workers’ compensation claims  (Command Investigations)

 

Insurance Fraud Headlines for June 10, 2015

Here are the top insurance fraud stories for today:

Courtesy: Allstate

Courtesy: Allstate

* Allstate Reunites Owner with ’72 Corvette 43 Years After It Was Stolen (Insurance Journal)

* Alleged arsonist suing for insurance money (Bangor Daily News)

* Woman Allegedly Involved In Fraudulent Billing Medicaid $13,000 (NY.gov)

* Louisiana bill allowing license plate readers to spot uninsured motors (The Advocate)

Nixon Arias* Man commits insurance fraud using ID of a deceased individual (Command Investigations)

Top Insurance Fraud Stories for April 16, 2015

Here are the top fraud stories in the news today:

* Be Financially Prepared for Hurricane Season (Insurance Information Institute)

* Woman Accused of Falsely Reporting Stolen Vehicle (Cheektowaga Bee)

* Owner, auto tech charged with grand theft, insurance fraud (Lake County News)

* Florida doctor linked to U.S. senator pleads not guilty to Medicare fraud (Reuters)

* PennDOT contractor earned more than $1 million through alleged fraud (FOX 43)

* Dentist pleads guilty in $21M Medicaid fraud scheme (Westfair Online)

NYC Employee Nicknamed “A.T.M.” Sentenced in Million Dollar Medicaid Fraud

handcuffs-hostage-money-300x179Akim T. Murray, a former Human Resources Specialist for New York City, was sentenced Monday to 5 years in prison for funneling funds using Medicaid. Murray, who nicknamed himself “A.T.M.,” pled guilty in September 2014 to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud for abusing his access as a Human Resources Administration  employee in order checks amounting to over a million dollars issued to his friends and criminal associates, who in turn gave him a cut of the proceeds.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Bharara stated:

“Taking money meant for people in need, Akim Murray used his position as a New York City employee to divert over a million dollars to himself and his friends. City employees who abuse their access in similar ways should heed the lesson in his deserved prison sentence: this office and its law enforcement partners will not tolerate such conduct.”

From July 2009 to September 2010, Murray used loopholes in a computer systems to both recommend and then separately approve the issuance of Medicaid reimbursement checks without oversight. He used personal information of individuals to create and approve reimbursement check in their names while demanding 50-70% of the proceeds. Throughout that time he approved over $1 million in Medicaid reimbursement requests.

He was ordered to pay $1,383,501.15 in restitution and $100,000 in forfeiture.