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Pleasantville school counselor latest guilty plea in prescription-fraud scheme: Michael Pilate, 39, of Williamstown, became the 13th person and the first school employee to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud of the state health benefits system before U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler in a scheme prosecutors say involved teachers, firefighters, police officers and state troopers …: Google Alert – Fraud

Fighting Back Against ID Theft and Tax-Related Refund Fraud: Fighting Back Against ID Theft and Tax-Related Refund Fraud. February 01, 2018. By Oren Glass. Share: Identity theft hit an all-time record of 15.4 million victims in 2016. This was up 16% from 2015, according to a Javelin Strategy & Research study. ID thieves stole $ 16B in '16, $ 1 billion more than the …: Google Alert – Fraud

Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial Winds Down: The fraud case dates back to 2012, when the FBI found that Pilot defrauded as many as 5,500 customers of more than $ 56 million in rebates that were owed but never paid. The victimized trucking companies were promised a certain amount in fuel rebates but the former sales staff would reduce the …: Google Alert – Fraud

Staten Island inspector accused in asbestos fraud scheme: STATE ISLAND, N.Y. — A Staten Island man is accused of fudging an asbestos inspection report in Manhatttan, while his co-defendant is charged with filing a fake report for a Huguenot property. Dominick Ciccarelli, 37, of Staten Island, was one of nine certified asbestos investigators (CAIs) indicted for …: Google Alert – Fraud

NJ guidance counselor admits role in health benefits fraud: A Pleasantville, N.J. guidance counselor pleaded guilty Thursday to his role in a wide-ranging conspiracy that authorities say defrauded the federal health-care benefits program of more than $ 50 million. Michael Benson Pilate, 39, is the 13th person to admit guilt in a scheme involving teachers, …: Google Alert – Fraud

Fraud prevention checklist to protect tax identity: The good news is that there are signs the partnership between the IRS and the tax industry to combat tax fraud is working to reduce the number of new reports of identity theft. But there is more to do, and it also takes vigilance and action on the part of consumers. To protect their own tax identities, …: Google Alert – Fraud

Pleasantville Guidance Counselor Admits Health Care Fraud Conspiracy Targeting State Health …: Pleasantville Guidance Counselor Admits Health Care Fraud Conspiracy Targeting State Health Benefits Programs. CAMDEN, N.J. – A guidance counselor with the Pleasantville public school district today admitted defrauding New Jersey state health benefits programs and other insurers out of over $ 3 …: Google Alert – Fraud

Fraudster was paid to marry six undocumented African women to help them become legal US …: A Massachusetts man was paid to illegally marry six African women who had hoped to become permanent legal residents of the United States, according to a criminal complaint that was unsealed this week. Peter Hicks, 58, entered into the six fraudulent marriages — to Grace Muiru, Lucy Marcharia, …: Google Alert – Fraud

One prison sentence wasn't enough for this former Kentucky lawmaker: A former Eastern Kentucky lawmaker pleaded guilty to identity theft Thursday under a plea deal that calls for a two-year prison sentence. Former state Rep. Keith Hall, a democrat from Pikeville who is already serving a 7-year sentence in another case, was charged last year with three counts of wire fraud …: Google Alert – Fraud

West Virginia disability fraud unit creates millions in savings: CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — The West Virginia Attorney General's Office says their disability fraud partnership achieved millions of dollars in savings during its first two years of operation. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Thursday that the partnership has achieved $ 8.1 million in total savings.: Google Alert – Fraud