Two doctors and a home health care company in Florida are at the center of a complaint filed in 2012. The complaint asserts the doctor's wives were paid a salary linked to the Medicare referrals the doctors provided the company. On Feb. 23, it was announced that a monetary settlement was reached in the case against the two doctors and their spouses.
According to court records, a South Florida psychiatrist was convicted following a federal jury trial for allegedly lying about providing care to mental health patients at a Broward County psychiatric facility. The conviction came on Feb. 13 following one week of deliberations.
On Feb. 18, a 35-year-old Naples man admitted that he stole money by defrauding Medicaid and Medicare. He was reportedly part of a scheme that involved stealing thousands of dollars from federally funded healthcare programs. The defendant, his mother and his brother would submit false prescriptions that were not filled. They would then pocket the payments for the prescriptions.The pharmacy where the fraud allegedly occurred was raided by federal agents in 2014.
Income tax returns have become the latest way that identity thefts have started to use people's personal information for their own personal gain. This type of identity theft often occurs with electronically filed tax returns, through which social security numbers are intercepted. The identity thefts file false income tax returns before people can file them and have the money wired to a fraudulent account or pre-paid debit card.
According to court documents, a request for bail by a former music promoter accused of defrauding investors out of $300 million was denied by a Miami federal court magistrate judge on Jan. 28. The man formerly produced big-name acts such as Aerosmith, Elton John and the Rolling Stones.
Most Americans are aware of identity theft when it comes to one's financial information, but Florida residents might be unaware of another type of fraud called medical identity theft. According to a survey conducted by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance, reports of this type of theft rose 19 percent in 2013 as 1.84 million individuals were allegedly victims of medical identity theft.
A person in Florida might be accused of identity theft after an alleged victim notices odd charges on their credit card or inaccurate information on their credit report. After spotting the perceived fraud, a person might take certain steps to prevent further acts of fraud. The first thing someone may do is to contact one of the credit bureaus so that a fraud alert can be issued. This will prevent any new cards from being issued, block credit card applications and stop any credit increases.
The United States federal government establishes and oversees the copyright laws for all the states, including Florida. There are certain items that can be copyrighted and others that cannot. There are also a number of steps that must be taken to put a copyright in place and specified uses of copyrighted materials that do not necessarily infringe the copyright.
A former music promoter was arraigned in a South Florida court on Jan. 9 for allegedly operating his music promotion business as a Ponzi scheme. The man, who had allegedly fled to Brazil in 2006 in an attempt to evade charges, was extradited from the country back to Florida last month. His extradition was ordered in August 2014 after the culmination of a long court battle.
According to officials, a 36-year-old Florida man pleaded guilty to fraud on Dec. 22 in connection with a home loan modification scam. Reportedly, the man targeted homeowners who were delinquent on their mortgages.