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U.S. Says 7 Firms Falsely Claiming Products Treat COVID-19

The Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have warned seven companies for allegedly selling unapproved products that may violate federal law by making deceptive or scientifically unsupported claims about their ability to treat coronavirus (COVID-19). The …

Fake Claims, Price Gouging, Bogus Contractors: How Fraudsters Steal Disaster Aid

As the scale and frequency of major disasters escalate, millions of dollars in federal, state and insurance payments intended for recovery efforts are being stolen by fraudsters taking advantage of chaos and the pipeline of aid flowing into the stricken …

Judge Allows New Jersey Case Against Drugmaker to Advance

A New Jersey court is allowing most of the state’s lawsuit against the maker of OxyContin to move forward. Superior Court Judge Thomas Moore dismissed a public nuisance claim against Purdue Pharma. But he’s allowing other the state’s case to …

New Jersey Man Charged with Insurance Fraud, Theft by Deception

A Middlesex County, N.J., man has been charged with insurance fraud and theft by deception for allegedly impersonating his deceased mother to obtain cheaper renters insurance under her senior-discounted policy and for falsifying claims for jewelry and other items stolen …

13 New York City Workers Arrested in $500K Insurance Fraud Scheme

Thirteen current and former New York City employees have been arrested in a $500,000 insurance fraud scheme. Authorities say 10 FDNY emergency medical technicians and paramedics, including EMS officers, and three NYPD traffic enforcement agents were arraigned Tuesday on charges …

Federal Government Sues Florida Ambulance Service over $28M in False Claims

The federal government is suing a Jacksonville ambulance service over alleged false billing and other schemes. The Florida Times-Union reports that the company is accused of submitting false claims to federally subsidized health-care programs. The government alleges a 10-year kickback …

Guilty Plea in $2M Slip-and-Fall Scam at Houston Home D├ęcor Store

An ex-worker at a Houston home decor store has pleaded guilty in a $2 million insurance scam in which customers intentionally fell and then filed claims. Sandra Johnson of Katy faces up to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors announced the …

Ohio Woman Convicted in Arson-for-Insurance Case

A Youngstown, Ohio, woman has been convicted of setting fire to a rental property in order to collect insurance money, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Latasha Curtis, 33, was convicted on one …