COVID Telehealth Fraud Caused $1.4B in Losses: DOJ

The Department of Justice has filed criminal charges against 138 defendants — including 42 doctors, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals — for their alleged participation in online health care fraud schemes. “These fraudulent activities prey on our most vulnerable,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram.

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White-Collar Crime Prosecutions Continue 20-Year Decline

Despite a post-COVID uptick, federal white-collar prosecutions are now at half the level they were 20 years ago, a steady decline that indicates the federal government’s shifting priorities away from white-collar cases and toward anti-terrorism efforts, says the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

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Unemployment Fraud ‘Exploded’ During Pandemic

The pandemic has seen a surge in this type of theft, with fraudsters filing fake claims for unemployment insurance benefits in high volumes, obtaining payments from multiple states and receiving hundreds of thousands of illegal dollars, according to a Pro Publica investigation.

Ohio-Based Energy Company Fined $230 Million in Bribery Scandal

First Energy Corp., one of the largest investor-owned electric systems in the country, allegedly bribed state officials in order to push through a bill that would have given them a $1 billion bailout in a scheme that entangled prominent politicians, including former Ohio House Speaker Rep. Larry Householder.