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Palm Beach County Doctor Charged in $681 Million Substance Abuse Treatment Fraud Scheme

A doctor in Palm Beach County, FL, was arrested and charged for allegedly participating in a massive health care fraud scheme that involved billing recovering drug and/or alcohol addicts for fraudulent treatments and tests. Dr. Michael J. Ligotti, 46, of Delray Beach, was charged with conspiracy to commit health care…

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Connecticut State Trooper Arrested for Workers’ Compensation Fraud, Larceny

A state trooper in Connecticut was arrested last week for allegedly filing a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim and receiving over $45,000 in benefits he was not entitled to. Kevin Moore, 41, of Moosup, CT, was charged with one count of fraudulent claim or receipt of benefits and one count of…

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German Citizen Charged in New Jersey for Involvement in Plot to Defraud Elderly Victims of Over $10 Million

A German man has been indicted in New Jersey for his alleged involvement in a massive mail fraud scheme targeting elderly and vulnerable victims with fraudulent solicitations from psychics. The indictment charges Georg Ingenbleek, 54, of Germany with four counts of money laundering, two counts of mail fraud, and one…

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Feds Charge Washington, D.C. Dentist, Two Others for Involvement in Plot to Defraud Medicaid

A federal grand jury has indicted a Maryland dentist, his business partner, and another man on federal charges related to an alleged plot to fraudulently obtain millions of dollars in Medicaid payments. The indictment, which was unsealed on July 22, names Edward T. Buford III, 68, of Silver Spring, Maryland;…

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Boston Man Indicted for CARES Act Pandemic Unemployment Fraud and Identity Fraud

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts has announced charges against a Malden man accused of filing fraudulent applications for coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic unemployment benefits. Wagner Sozi, 32, was charged with two counts of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, and one count of making a…

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