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Pittsburgh Area Doctor Pleads Guilty To Healthcare Fraud After Alleged Improper Prescribing Of Steroid Injections And Opioid Painkillers

By Gary E. Gerson |

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidelines about prescribing opioid painkillers.  The new guidelines give more freedom to doctors to use their judgment about the most appropriate dosage and duration for each course of opioids they prescribe.  This change is an effort to correct the negative consequences… Read More »

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Philadelphia Ecommerce Vendor Faces Fraud Charges For Alleged Scam Involving Wheelchair Accessible Cars

By Gary E. Gerson |

Ecommerce makes it easier and cheaper to buy almost anything than it used to be when you had to go to physical stores or wait for coupons to arrive with the day’s newspaper before you could compare prices.  It also presents economic opportunities for people from all walks of life.  Family caregiving obligations and… Read More »

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Two Nevada Men Convicted Of Fraud Against Pittsburgh Seniors

By Gary E. Gerson |

Elderly people are among the most vulnerable to Internet scams.  Seniors are more likely to be lonely and therefore to respond to emails, Facebook messages, What’s App messages, and other forms of online communication when these messages come from people they do not know.  They also tend to be less Internet savvy; you might… Read More »

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Jury Convicts Huntingdon Valley Home Contractor Of Theft By Deception And Unfair Business Practices

By Gary E. Gerson |

The business self help books that you find for sale in airport convenience stores and at FedEx Office tell you to under-promise and over-deliver.  In many industries, your ability to meet a deadline depends on factors beyond your control.  One small glitch in the supply chain or workflow can set your whole project behind… Read More »

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Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Money From Disabled Veterans

By Gary E. Gerson |

The first thing that comes to mind when most people hear the word “embezzlement” is a C-suite employee drawing checks on his employer’s account and making them payable to a shell corporation owned by the C-suite employee himself or one of his accomplices.  The charge of embezzlement can apply under less glamorous circumstances, too. … Read More »

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Yes, You Can Get Criminal Penalties For Writing Off Personal Purchases As Tax Deductible Business Expenses

By Gary E. Gerson |

Certain parts of the country are famous for their extravagance and for their propensity for stretching the truth.  The people of New York and Miami are known for their fancy residences, although these tend to be penthouse apartments in condominium buildings in New York and sprawling mansions in South Florida.  No one in Los… Read More »

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Pittsburgh Woman Faces Criminal Charges For COVID Relief Fraud

By Gary E. Gerson |

Convincing banks that they can trust you enough to repay the money that you are asking them to lend you is not easy.  After all, if you had that much money lying around, you would not need to borrow.  There is an entire industry dedicated to lending people money now and asking questions later. … Read More »

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Westmoreland County Home Contractor Faces Prison Sentence For Defrauding Customers

By Gary E. Gerson |

Now that the fall is ending and the children are back to school, we can all breathe a sigh of relief that we don’t have to sit through any more barbecues on people’s backyard decks until next summer.  If the party hosts have an in-ground pool, the situation is both better and worse; it… Read More »

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Bucks County Woman Convicted Of Financial Crimes For Financial Abuse Of Elderly Father

By Gary E. Gerson |

Elderly people are among the most vulnerable when it comes to fraud and financial scams.  The stereotype of financial abuse of the elderly is a lonely senior who has no family members living in town and who responds to a friendly email from a stranger.  The new friend sends frequent correspondence, complaining of financial… Read More »

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Columbia County Home Builder Faces Criminal Charges After Abruptly Closing Business Amidst Unfinished Work

By Gary E. Gerson |

If building or remodeling a house were as simple as it looks on HGTV, then the aisles of Home Depot would be packed with shoppers buying materials for DIY projects.  Except in the case of the simplest repairs, most people do not have the skills to modify their houses, so they rely on home… Read More »

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