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Introduction to Aggravated Identity Theft (18 USC Sec. 1028A)

Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes today, and it has been for a number of years. Victims of identity theft can suffer significant losses of money, not to mention damage to their credit rating and having to spend countless hours trying...

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Why the Dark Web is Used for Criminal Activities

You won’t find it on Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. It’s called the “dark web” and it has become a mainstay in the criminal underworld. There is an entire subculture that uses the dark web for illegal drug sales, money laundering...

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Everything You Should Know About Ponzi Schemes

After Bernie Madoff and his historic, highly publicized Ponzi scheme collapsed during the Great Recession of 2008, one would think that the prevalence of such schemes would decrease. There is nothing to indicate that that is the case, however, and...

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Telemedicine and Telehealth Charges Keep Piling Up

It seems as if the Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, and other federal agencies are announcing historic telehealth fraud busts every other week. As soon as one bust breaks the previous money record, the next...

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Feds Continue to Unmask Pain Management Clinics

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has been aware for years of the ease at which pill mills can masquerade as “pain management clinics.” This trend does not discount the legitimacy of the vast majority of pain management clinics, but it shows...

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Investigations of Clinical Research Fraud Heating Up

The FDA, along with the DOJ’s Consumer Protection Branch, mentioned clinical research fraud as an area of heightened concern in late 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic only made the concern more urgent for federal investigators. As of March 2021, more...

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Money Laundering in the Age of Cryptocurrency

As financial transactions have become more complex, so have money laundering strategies and tactics. State and federal investigators have become quite proficient at flagging certain problematic financial transactions, and the mantra of “follow...

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A Spotlight on Recent Notable Medicare Fraud Charges

Well over a year after the first case of COVID-19 reached the West Coast, federal agencies are aggressively responding to allegations of Medicare and health care fraud connected to the pandemic. In fall 2020, the Department of Justice announced what...

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PROFESSIONAL LICENSEES: UNDERSTAND THE ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINT AND HEARING PROCEDURE

You check your office’s mailbox one day, and your heart skips a beat as you read the return address on one of the envelopes; it’s the state agency responsible for overseeing your professional licensing. Your heart sinks as you hurriedly...

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LICENSURE BARS FOR INSURANCE PROFESSIONALS

Around 3 million individuals in the U.S. are employed in the insurance industry in some capacity; many, including insurance agents, adjusters, and administrators, require licensure by one or more state agencies to perform their duties. A detailed...

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