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Get a Gynecologist to Do Your Facelift: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Arkady Bukh | Posted 05.09.2016 | Crime
Arkady Bukh

Do you want your gynecologist to give you a facelift? If you're not paying attention, that just may be what happens. Plastic surgeons, generally, ar...

New Apps Help Taxpayers Report Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Stateline | Casey Williams | Posted 04.22.2016 | Technology

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

The Cost of Lying: For One Lab Scientist Who Fabricated Evidence, Just Two Years in Prison

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 04.19.2016 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Wrongful convictions caused by scientific misconduct have a special taint. We rely on forensic scientists to tell us about the evidence because we don't have the expertise to do their job. When scientists lie, and we believe them, everyone loses.

A New LGBTQ Victory Is a Victory for All of Us: The Social Security Administration Does the Right Thing

Nancy Altman | Posted 04.16.2016 | Politics
Nancy Altman

Despite its positive mission, SSA has been engaging in a destructive practice that represents government not working for us, but against us. SSA has been sending, to hundreds of thousands of Social Security beneficiaries and SSI recipients, bills for what it concludes are overpayments.

Key Ruling to Bludgeon Government's Core Pre-Trial Strategy

Blayne Davis | Posted 04.12.2016 | Crime
Blayne Davis

The Federal Government touts a conviction rate of more than 90%, largely represented by guilty pleas, not trial wins. The government specializes in producing statistics that invite the inference they want, so there should be no surprises here.

DOJ Ignores Citi's Elite Criminals: Wins Whistleblowers' 4th Lemons Award

William K. Black | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics
William K. Black

We could, of course, retire the Bank Whistleblowers United's Lemons title -- for ignoring or trivializing elite fraud -- by awarding it permanently to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Don't Unbundle My Bundle!

Nurse Katz | Posted 04.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Nurse Katz

All of your lab tests should have been included in a single comprehensive metabolic panel that costs approximately half of each individual test. Unfortunately, this seems to be happening more often as clinicians outsource their billing and reimbursement gets more complicated.

A Mother's Love: Creating Gracie's Bill

Mirah Riben | Posted 03.30.2016 | Impact
Mirah Riben

A mother's love, loss and determination has greatly impacted social awareness and created organizations such as MADD, founded by Cindy Lightner, and t...

Wall Street Exec Tried To Scam People With ‘Brazen’ $95 Million Fraud, Feds Say

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 03.28.2016 | Business

A banker has been arrested and charged for trying to defraud investors out of $95 million, federal authorities said Monday. Andrew Caspersen, a partne...

What I Learned from Falling Victim to Tax Identity Theft

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 03.18.2016 | Business
NextAdvisor.com

By Julie Myhre-Nunes, NextAdvisor.com Falling victim to identity theft is never a fun situation to find yourself in, as I recently discovered when I...

Private Sector Demonstrates that Seafood Traceability is Possible and Profitable

Andrew Sharpless | Posted 03.10.2016 | Green
Andrew Sharpless

Ordering seafood off a menu in your favorite restaurant or from your local grocery store's seafood counter may not be as simple as you think. Right no...

5 Tips for Planning a Property-Sharing Vacation

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 03.09.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

If you've never rented vacation property before, know that you probably have many more price-conscious options available to you at your destination than ever before. But keep in mind that you have to shop very carefully.

The Scandal Is What's Legal

Stephen G. Cecchetti | Posted 03.03.2016 | Business
Stephen G. Cecchetti

If you haven't seen The Big Short, you should. The acting is superb and the story enlightening: a few brilliant outcasts each discover just how big th...

Wall Street's Message to Young Adults: 'You Are Clueless'

William K. Black | Posted 02.21.2016 | Politics
William K. Black

A Wall Street CEO took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to decry the fact that, "Millennials are flocking to Sanders." It would be cruel to note that one has to be clueless to believe that writing an op-ed in the WSJ was a good way to reach millennials supporting Bernie.

ID Theft: Not If, But When

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 02.19.2016 | Business
Jeanne Kelly

With identity theft, it's not a matter of if, but a matter of when it will happen to you. And when it does, fast action by you, the victim, can stop the thieves in their tracks and help you recover your credit health sooner.

The Big (Digital) Leak - And the Rise of the Creative Management Platform

AJ Hartnett | Posted 02.17.2016 | Business
AJ Hartnett

If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break Led Zeppelin IV 1971 The digital ad business is in a bad place. Let's call it what it is, a crisis....

The Whistleblowers' Weekly Lemons Award Goes to Dr. Ben Carson

William K. Black | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
William K. Black

Carson is horrified that DOJ even sought recovery from Morgan Stanley for a portion of the losses caused by its fraudulent sales of tens of billions of dollars of fraudulent mortgages.

The Inaugural Financial Fraud Lemons of the Week Award Goes to DOJ

William K. Black | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
William K. Black

The first award is for what has become a routine example of dishonesty and cowardice by DOJ. Its conduct should be a scandal of national proportions, but by now everyone expects DOJ to embarrass our nation when it deals with elite bankers.

The Whistleblowers' Plan Offers Hillary the Perfect Opportunity

William K. Black | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
William K. Black

We have designed our plan pragmatically so that any president can implement it. All the president needs to implement our plan is the integrity, the will, and the courage to break Wall Street's power.

Hillary, the Banksters Committed 'Fraud,' Not 'Shenanigans'

William K. Black | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
William K. Black

The banksters made millions of deliberately fraudulent, not "reckless" loans and they most assuredly "created the foreclosure crisis." Hillary went on to throw the victims of these frauds under the bus.

The Wall Street Journal Lies About Liar's Loans

William K. Black | Posted 02.04.2016 | Media
William K. Black

It is time to break out one of our two family rules again: It is impossible to compete with unintentional self-parody. How fraudulent is finance even now?

Announcing the Formation of the Bank Whistleblowers United

William K. Black | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
William K. Black

We cannot in good conscience fail to act now given the urgency of the problems caused by the collapse of personal accountability for Wall Street elites. Our economy and our democracy are both imperiled by that collapse and require urgent redress.

The Real Climate Change Hoax

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

Such radical gyrations in the climate are already causing unseen suffering and hardship for countless of the earth's inhabitants. Millions of people have been displaced from their homes or lost their livelihoods as a result of one degree of warming.

Iceland Has Jailed 29 Bankers. Why Can't the UK and US Do the Same?

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 01.05.2016 | World
Stefan Simanowitz

Just before Christmas, the former CEO of Iceland's Glitnir bank and two other senior bankers were sentenced to jail terms of up to five years for market manipulation and breach of fiduciary duties.

Commonly Encountered Federal Business Fraud Statutes

Brad Reid | Posted 01.04.2016 | Business
Brad Reid

Violating a federal fraud statute easily becomes a personal and business disaster. This comment provides a brief and incomplete educational overview o...