A federal grand jury indicted a former Premier Community Bank of the Emerald Coast president in late October. On Mar. 13, the man pleaded guilty to federal money laundering, conspiracy to commit bank and mail fraud, fraudulently benefiting from a loan by a federally insured institution and making false statements to a federally insured institution. The court will sentence him on May 28 for these charges.
On Sept. 11, 2014, a 39-year-old woman and her 32-year-old friend, both from Jacksonville, were taken into custody and charged with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and access device fraud. Their case had been under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.
According to a spokesperson with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the South District of Florida, 14 Miami-Dade residents have been charged and detained with various offenses relating to alleged health care fraud. The spokesperson stated the fraud resulted in $13.9 million in losses through fraudulently claimed payments.
In Florida, mass marketing fraud may refer to any type of activity that makes use of mass communication techniques as part of an attempt to defraud individuals. Often, the media employed is the same as is used for mass marketing of products and services. Use of mass mailings, telemarketing systems or the internet are often alleged in mass marketing fraud cases.
A Florida nurse is facing charges regarding credit card fraud and identity theft after a woman in Lee County spoke with authorities in January. The nurse allegedly opened credit card accounts using the names of eight of her patients.
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.