Fraud

New federal task force will fight fraud

New federal task force will fight fraud

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A new federal task force will focus on fighting healthcare fraud, cyber fraud and other fraud targeting older adults, and other types of fraud affecting the government, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Wednesday.

Former American Senior Communities vendor sentenced in fraud case

Former American Senior Communities vendor sentenced in fraud case

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The fifth and last defendant was sentenced Tuesday for his role in the $19.4 million fraud, kickback and money-laundering scheme that previously led to prison terms for four others associated with American Senior Communities.

Two more sentenced in American Senior Communities fraud scheme

Two more sentenced in American Senior Communities fraud scheme

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Two more defendants were sentenced Monday for their roles in a $19.4 million fraud, kickback and money-laundering scheme that previously led to prison terms for two former American Senior Communities executives.

Former American Senior Communities COO gets 57-month prison sentence

Former American Senior Communities COO gets 57-month prison sentence

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Former American Senior Communities Chief Operating Officer Daniel Benson was sentenced Friday to 57 months in federal prison for his role in a $19.4 million fraud, kickback and money-laundering scheme that netted his former boss, CEO James Burkhart, a 9 1/2 year sentence a week earlier.

ASC's former CEO sentenced to 9.5 years in federal prison for role in $19.4 million fraud scheme

ASC's former CEO sentenced to 9.5 years in federal prison for role in $19.4 million fraud scheme

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Former American Senior Communities CEO James Burkhart was sentenced Friday to 9 1/2 years in prison for his role in what U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler described as a "massive fraud, kickback and money-laundering conspiracy" through which the company leader and others funneled almost $19.4 million to themselves to fund luxury purchases.

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Healthcare professionals key in financial abuse reporting system detailed in SEC white paper

Healthcare professionals key in financial abuse reporting system detailed in SEC white paper

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Healthcare professionals caring for older adults would play a key role in a new communication system — described in a recently released white paper from the Securities and Exchange Commission — that would be designed to report and curtail suspected financial exploitation.

Senior Safe Act on the way to president's desk

Senior Safe Act on the way to president's desk

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A bipartisan bill intended to help protect older adults from financial exploitation and fraud is on its way to the president's desk to be signed into law.

Older adults scammed out of $342 million on internet in 2017, FBI says

Older adults scammed out of $342 million on internet in 2017, FBI says

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The statistic was part of the "2017 Internet Crime Report" released Monday by the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.

9 senior living communities involved in $3.9 million SEC fraud case get new owners

9 senior living communities involved in $3.9 million SEC fraud case get new owners

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Nine Georgia and Alabama senior living communities that went into receivership last year after their owner was charged with fraud and had his assets frozen now have new owners.

Bill expanding Medicaid fraud investigations wins support but appears stalled

Bill expanding Medicaid fraud investigations wins support but appears stalled

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A bipartisan bill that would expand the reach of Medicaid Fraud Control Units to any setting where beneficiaries receive services has gained the backing of the National Association of Attorneys General but appears stuck in the House of Representatives.

Three sentenced for scheme that defrauded elderly of $16.6 million

Three sentenced for scheme that defrauded elderly of $16.6 million

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Three people who made more than $16 million after falsely telling older adults and others that the light-emitting medical devices they sold could safety and effectively treat diabetes, heart disease, emphysema, cancer and dozens of other medical conditions in their residences were sentenced on Friday, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Assisted living connections highlighted in Senate hearing on guardians

Assisted living connections highlighted in Senate hearing on guardians

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Cases of financial exploitation of older adults by their legal guardians, including cases indirectly involving assisted living communities, "highlight shocking breaches of trust by people who obtained positions of power or influence over vulnerable seniors," Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday at a hearing on the topic.

Senior living manager pleads guilty to stealing $400,000 by creating imaginary workers

Senior living manager pleads guilty to stealing $400,000 by creating imaginary workers

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A senior living manager who created imaginary employees has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining almost a half million dollars.

For some of your senior living residents, fraud may be in the cards

For some of your senior living residents, fraud may be in the cards

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The new Medicare cards represent a huge opportunity for those with larceny in their hearts.

Federal fraud, abuse monetary recoveries in assisted living up more than 600% over last year

Federal fraud, abuse monetary recoveries in assisted living up more than 600% over last year

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Total monetary recoveries by state Medicaid Fraud Control Units in assisted living-related fraud, abuse and neglect criminal and civil cases increased by more than 600% from fiscal year 2016 to FY 2017, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.

West Virginia launches new elder abuse litigation and prevention unit

West Virginia launches new elder abuse litigation and prevention unit

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A new elder abuse litigation and prevention unit within the West Virginia attorney general's office will include civil prosecutors pursuing cases against those who exploit, abuse or neglect older adults in the state, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Thursday.

Argentum works on Plan B as weather thwarts fly-in

Argentum works on Plan B as weather thwarts fly-in

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Argentum is planning to find additional ways to discuss the Government Accountability Office's assisted living-related report, home- and community-based services and other issues after the second day of its Public Policy Institute & Fly-In was canceled due to inclement weather.

Theft charges could lead to decades in prison, $1.5 million in fines for former assisted living business manager

Theft charges could lead to decades in prison, $1.5 million in fines for former assisted living business manager

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The former business manager of a Morristown, NJ, assisted living community faces the potential of decades in prison and up to $1.5 million in fines if found guilty of charges related to the theft of approximately $237,000 from a resident.

Man sentenced to 7 years in prison for $20 million scams against older adults

Man sentenced to 7 years in prison for $20 million scams against older adults

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A Las Vegas resident has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison and ordered to pay $2.8 million in restitution after pleading guilty to running prize promotion scams that defrauded thousands of victims, many of whom were elderly, out of more than $20 million.

IRS scams top complaint to Senate Aging Committee fraud hotline for third year in a row

IRS scams top complaint to Senate Aging Committee fraud hotline for third year in a row

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For the third consecutive year, in 2017, IRS impersonation scams were the top type of scams reported to the Senate Special Committee on Aging's fraud hotline, according to the committee, which released its 2018 "Fraud Book" and held a hearing on the topic on Wednesday.

Record-setting elder fraud sweep nets defendants who stole more than $500 million

Record-setting elder fraud sweep nets defendants who stole more than $500 million

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Charges against more than 250 defendants who allegedly stole more than $500 million from more than a million Americans were announced Thursday in an effort that the Justice Department described as "the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history."

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Government set to reopen, but more work required for long-term budget deal that could deliver fixes for seniors ... HHS announces two more actions related to new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division ... State measures to prevent elder financial abuse gaining steam

Former American Senior Communities CEO, others to plead guilty in $16 million fraud case

Former American Senior Communities CEO, others to plead guilty in $16 million fraud case

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The former CEO of American Senior Communities and two others have agreed to plead guilty to some of the charges related to their alleged roles in a $16 million fraud, kickback and money-laundering scheme.

Justice Department healthcare fraud recoveries top $2.4 billion in FY 2017

Justice Department healthcare fraud recoveries top $2.4 billion in FY 2017

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Settlements with Life Care Centers of America and eClinicalWorks marked two of the largest healthcare fraud-related recoveries by the federal government in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, the Justice Department recently announced.

Check-kiting leads to jail time for former owner

Check-kiting leads to jail time for former owner

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The former owner of a Colorado senior living community may get to keep his day job. But his nights and weekends will be spent in jail, following a check-kiting conviction.

Former ombudsman allegedly stole up to $50,000 from resident

Former ombudsman allegedly stole up to $50,000 from resident

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A former senior advocate faces her next court date Friday after being indicted on several felony counts for allegedly stealing up to $50,000 from an assisted living resident for whom she was responsible. Her former employer says the news prompts a lesson for senior living communities, residents and their families.

6 tips for effective crisis communication

6 tips for effective crisis communication

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In senior living, we have plans to mitigate disasters, address corporate compliance, handle elopement and assure quality. What plans do we have in place for crisis communication and reputation management?

Another defendant in American Senior Communities fraud case agrees to plead guilty

Another defendant in American Senior Communities fraud case agrees to plead guilty

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Another defendant in the alleged $16 million fraud, kickback and money-laundering scheme involving former executives of American Senior Communities has agreed to plead guilty to charges against him.

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July 18

A truckload of charity

Gainesville, FL 

The Village at Gainesville recently donated a truckload of used appliances from its residences to the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank.

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