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  • Questionable Medicare claims cost HHS billions, IG finds

    Questionable Medicare claims cost the Health and Human Services billions, the agency's watchdog has found. Under Obamacare, physicians or other medical practitioners have to certify any beneficiaries who receive home health services and then document the encounter to receive Medicare...

  • Corruption, kidnappings hurt $200m U.S. effort to help Afghanistan collect customs revenue

    Nearly $200 million in U.S. tax dollars and five years of effort to fight corruption in Afghanistan's customs system may be "irrevocably lost" when the U.S. leaves the country, according to a new report by an internal government watchdog.

  • Inmate now faces charge of Gulf oil spill fraud

    Federal authorities say a 40-year-old man has been indicted on fraud charges involving more than $47,000 he received in oil-spill recovery money.

  • Woman sentenced to prison in $25 million Medicare bills scam

    The former owner of a Los Angeles medical equipment company has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for submitting nearly $25 million in bogus Medicare bills.

  • Disgraced former city manager in Los Angeles gets prison for income tax evasion

    The disgraced former city manager who became the face of a multimillion dollar corruption scandal in the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell was sentenced in federal court Monday to 33 months in prison for income tax evasion.

  • EXography: State government dependence on federal funding growing at alarming rate

    Only 11 states depended on the federal government for more than one-third of their total revenues in 2001. By 2012, 24 states found themselves in this situation. State-by-state data from the U.S. Census Bureau, compiled by the State Budget Solutions nonprofit, illustrates the trend of...

  • Three sentenced in Orlando for credit card fraud

    Three men have been sentenced for credit card fraud in central Florida. U.S. District Judge Ann Conway sentenced the men Friday in federal court in Orlando.

  • Eight Florida patients arrested in Medicare scam

    Eight Florida seniors have been indicted for their alleged roles in a $12.5 million Medicare home health scam. Federal officials say the defendants received kickbacks for pretending to be patients. The defendants range between 67 years old and 79 years old.

  • Florida state transportation officials review campaign's misuse of public funds

    The state Department of Transportation has launched an investigation into how the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority spent public money to educate voters about an expanded bus system and light rail project called Greenlight Pinellas.

  • Miss. man indicted in $9 million bankruptcy fraud

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Jackson man has been indicted on charges that he allegedly stole more than $9 million from his bankrupt business. William "Butch" Dickson faces charges in U.S. District Court. Authorities allege that after Community Home Financial Services filed for Chapter 11...

  • $4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop. A government report released in November said the IRS issued nearly $4 billion in...

  • Md. school principal pleads guilty to $2M fraud

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore public school officials say they have accepted the resignation of a high school principal who pleaded guilty in Georgia to stealing nearly $2 million in federal children's nutrition funds. Officials said in a statement Thursday that the system had accepted the...

  • NY judge sentences SAC Capital in $1.8B fraud deal

    NEW YORK (AP) — The once high-flying hedge fund SAC Capital was sentenced on criminal fraud charges Thursday under a $1.8 billion deal that prosecutors say included the largest criminal fine ever imposed in an insider trading case. U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain in Manhattan formally...

  • Bank of America paying $772M over selling credit card extras

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bank of America Corp. is paying $772 million in fines and refunds to settle regulators' accusations that it misled customers who bought extra credit-card products and illegally charged others for credit monitoring and reporting services they didn't receive. The Consumer...

  • FEC says it's powerless against 'scam' PACs that may have cost Allen West his seat

    Political operatives are profiting by using misleading pleas to raise money from people who think they're giving to well-known candidates who don't actually benefit at all. Their donors are often elderly retirees, campaign finance records show. But "scam" PACs have little to fear from the...



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