Today’s Fraud News

friday, OcTOBER 18, 2019

Failing bar torched, driving out 160 people in Philly

October 17, 2019, Philadelphia, PA — Federal arson and insurance fraud related charges have been filed against two brothers in connection with the 2018 Old City fire that displaced numerous people and businesses and shut down Chestnut Street for months, according to authorities. United States Attorney William M. McSwain Thursday that Imad Dawara, 39, of Swathmore, and Bahaa Dawara, 31, of Woodlyn, who are brothers originally from Syria but now American citizens, were arrested and charged by Indictment on Oct. 16 at Philadelphia International … more info > Patch

Texan falsifies med records for phantom crash injury

October 17, 2019, Wichita Falls, TX– An ex-Clinics of North Texas worker who used her own medical records to scam a car insurance company entered a guilty plea Thursday in 89th District Court, according to court records. Afreda Niacole Higgins-Williams, 42, of Wichita Falls was sentenced to three years of probation for insurance fraud of $2,500 to $30,000 for her part in the ripoff, according to court documents. The scheme involved a “jump in claim” — so called because someone who wasn’t actually in a vehicle during a wreck claims to have been, as well… more info > Times Record News

Air Force nurse bribed for pharma referrals in Oklahoma

October 17, 2019, Oklahoma City, OK — An officer at an Oklahoma military base has pleaded guilty to accepting thousands of dollars in kickbacks for referring health insurance beneficiaries to certain pharmacies. Federal prosecutors say Maj. Romeatrius Moss, a nurse at the medical unit of Vance Air Force Base in Enid, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City, to soliciting and receiving a kickback. Court records allege Moss solicited and received $73,823 for steering individuals covered by TRICARE, a health insurance program for U.S. … more info > Stars and Stripes

Kentucky pain doc pre-signs opioid prescriptions

October 17, 2019, Floyd County, KY — A Floyd County, Kentucky-based physician pleaded guilty today for his role in unlawfully distributing opioids by pre-signing blank prescriptions that were ultimately completed by others and delivered to patients not seen by him.  Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan Jr. of the Eastern District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Derrick Jackson of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector … more info > United States Department of Justice