More Waste and Fraud Articles

  • Minnesota couple arrested in Florida for welfare fraud

    A Minnesota couple who allegedly lived in expensive homes and owned a yacht while taking more than $160,000 in state welfare benefits has been arrested.

  • Address errors cost the USPS millions, IG finds

    A wrong mailing address is more than just headache -- it's costing the U.S. Postal Service millions annually, the agency's inspector general has found. A program used by the U.S. Postal Service called the Address Management System stores the information that allows for the delivery of mail to...

  • U.S. tax dollars may be paying salaries of Afghan National Police 'ghost workers'

    U.S. tax dollars may be paying for "ghost workers" on the Afghan National Police payroll, which receives a significant amount of its funding from the U.S., according to a letter from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction to military commanders in Afghanistan.

  • Louisiana hospital faces financial crisis

    Madison Parish Hospital could face a financial emergency if the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services require reimbursement of $2.5 million in overpayment ties to fraudulent billing by the hospital's former administrator.

  • Postal service employees use travel cards to gamble, pay bills and go bowling

    Postal employees have spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on gambling, bills and other personal expenses, according to a series of reports by the U.S. Postal Service inspector general. Federal employees may use government credit cards for official travel expenses, but some used theirs to...

  • Man pleads guilty to making false disability claim

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A former postal worker has pleaded guilty to falsely claiming he was disabled to get worker's compensation benefits. Forty-year-old Christopher O'Brien of Eldersburg entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Baltimore. If the Court accepts the plea deal, O'Brien will be...

  • Cost overruns, delays plague huge Veterans Administration building projects

    Major Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility construction projects are on average 35 months late and $360 million over budget, a congressional panel was told Tuesday. The projects demonstrate a pervasive problem at VA of late and over-budget construction, according to members of the...

  • Reno trial on faith-based fraud charges nears end

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Closing arguments are scheduled Monday afternoon in the trial of a Reno businessman accused of bilking the government out of $200,000 intended for nonprofits. The jury then will begin deliberations in the case involving Mike Stickler, whose Faith Based Services was one of...

  • Federal employees using government aircraft for hundreds of non-official missions, GAO says

    Senior federal officials use government airplanes for many non-official purposes, but agencies don't track the trips, according to the Government Accountability Office. More than 1,700 aircraft are owned or leased by the federal government and are used to "accomplish a wide variety of...

  • Government seeks restitution of $7.7M from Mississippi attorney

    GULFPORT, Miss. — A Biloxi attorney has pleaded guilty covering up evidence connected to a scheme to defraud two banks and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The government says in a news release that it is seeking restitution on behalf of the victims in the amount of $7.7 million. Stephen Richard...

  • Updated: Postal service officials see no conflicts when its top real estate agent also represents buyers

    Officials with the world's largest commercial real estate company have represented both the U.S. Postal Service and buyers of postal properties on at least 10 occasions, a conflict of interest that should be barred, according to a government watchdog. The agreement allowing Los Angeles-based...

  • Watchdog uncovers hundreds of unreported, 'reckless' violations at DOJ

    Hundreds of Department of Justice attorneys and other employees have committed "reckless" and "intentional" violations, most of which were never made public, according to a new report by the Project on Government Oversight based on findings from the Justice Department's Office of Professional...

  • Examiner Editorial: Fighting waste and fraud requires junkyard dogs, not pawns

    When Congress and President Carter approved creation of the present inspector general program in 1978, the new officials were intended to be the front line of attack against waste and fraud in the federal government. Federal spending was just over $400 billion that year. Washington will spend...

  • New York gets caught double-billing Medicaid

    New York made away with $320 million from the federal government by over-billing Medicaid, according to a new watchdog report. According to the inspector general for the Health and Human Services Department, state-operated residences billed the federal government at twice the rate charged by...

  • Senate votes to divert political convention subsidies to pediatric research

    Politicians will no longer party on the taxpayer dime after the Senate voted Tuesday to divert taxpayer subsidies of the Democratic and Republican national conventions to instead fund to fund a new pediatric research fund at the National Institutes of Health. The Gabriella Miller Kids First...



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