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U.S. Charges 138 Medical Workers for US$1.4 Billion Fraud

By Damiir Beslija, OCCRP, 23 September 2021 OCCRP — The Department of Justice last week announced criminal charges against 138 doctors, nurses and licenced medical professionals for their alleged involvement in fraud schemes worth around US$1.4 billion. Authorities accused 43… Read More

Cyber crime spreads in Australia as COVID-19 pushes more people online

Australia reported on Wednesday a 13% jump in cyber crime in the past year, with about one incident in four targeting critical infrastructure and services as working from home during the pandemic made more people vulnerable to online attacks. The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) received one cybercrime report every… Read More

SpineFrontier execs arrested, charged with kickback scheme

Two executives of Massachusetts spinal implant company SpineFrontier Inc were arrested Tuesday on charges of bribing surgeons to use their products by paying them sham consulting fees, federal prosecutors announced. SpineFrontier founder and chief executive officer Kingsley Chin, 57, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and chief financial officer Aditya Humad, 36,… Read More
30th August 2021
A Vienna court convicted the former leader of Austria’s far-right Heinz-Christian Strache of a corruption charge on Friday in a case stemming from a 2019 scandal known as “Ibizagate”. Strache, one of Europe’s most high-profile former far-right leaders, was given a 15-month suspended jail sentence. The Ibizagate scandal led to… Read More
17th August 2021
By Henry Pope, OCCRP, 16 August 2021 OCCRP –A U.S. citizen from Florida was indicted last week for his alleged role in one of the largest Medicare kickback schemes ever brought forward by the Department of Justice. The scheme is believed to involve over US$784 million in false… Read More
12th August 2021
By Kira Zalan, Purity Mukami, Juliet Atellah and John-Allan Namu, OCCRP, 11 August 2021 OCCRP – In June, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a lofty goal: vaccinating the entire adult population of 27 million against COVID-19 by the end of the year. But a long-time problem –– the… Read More
2nd August 2021
Police have reopened an investigation into an alleged fraud case involving a former chairman of the operator of South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb, informed officials said Monday. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency has been probing Lee Jung-hoon, former chairman of crypto exchange operator Bithumb Korea, after a group of… Read More
27th July 2021
A co-owner of a Beverly Hills safe deposit box business that allegedly helped criminals hide their ill-gotten gains from authorities acquired his stake in the company using dirty money he amassed through drug trafficking, health-care fraud, online marketing scams utilizing the names of unwitting celebrities, and even a fraudulent… Read More
23rd July 2021
B.R. Shetty, the founder of stricken UAE hospital operator NMC Health, has sued auditor EY, two former top executives of his companies and two banks in a U.S. court, seeking $8 billion in damages for an alleged multibillion-dollar fraud at his group. EY said in a statement: “We believe this… Read More
22nd July 2021
In November 2013, Miami-Dade police officers conducted a routine search of a Kendall house and left with a batch of pharmaceuticals. Over the next six years, that seemingly small-time operation would blow up into an elaborate $78 million prescription drug and money-laundering scheme tapping into what U.S. authorities describe as… Read More
13th July 2021
At the request of the Supreme Court, Brazil’s federal police has formally opened a probe into President Jair Bolsonaro related to alleged irregularities in the purchase of an Indian vaccine and could now question him, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Monday. The president has been caught… Read More
7th July 2021
AP — A Tennessee health lab owner has been charged with orchestrating a fake Medicare billing scheme, a federal prosecutor announced. Fadel Alshalabi, 53, of Waxhaw, North Carolina, was charged in a criminal complaint with aiding and abetting and violating an anti-kickback statute,… Read More
22nd June 2021
With its access to the global financial system restricted by U.S. sanctions, Venezuela managed to make some payments for the country’s coronavirus vaccines by asking a handful of private local banks to pay on the government’s behalf, two sources familiar with the matter said. The banks have used foreign currency… Read More