A Spotlight on the U.S.’s Most Wanted White Collar Criminal List
Most people are aware of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Most Wanted List. However, many don’t realize that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) also has its own Most Wanted List. In fact, this sprawling list is full of the most successful fraudsters who have operated a broad range of successful schemes involving money laundering and fraudulent service charges, as well as various white collar crimes against the federal government’s numerous agencies. Individuals on the list have either been officially convicted, or at least charged for their white collar crimes, with many of the criminals having made the list after fleeing the U.S.
The HHS OIG Most Wanted List
The HHS’s Most Wanted List contains white collar criminals who have committed mass schemes resulting in the fraudulent receipts of millions of dollars. Many of the fraudulent schemes and operations occurred in the U.S. states of Kentucky, Florida, Ohio, New York, Michigan and Rhode Island. Part of the reason why many of the individuals made the Most Wanted List is not just because of the mass fraud schemes that they conducted. In fact, some of the most colorful individuals on the list were top priority because they had fled the U.S. even after being charged and convicted in federal court, with others fleeing after bail and trial dates had been set. One impressive white collar criminal escaped to the Dominican Republic while he was awaiting sentencing and his monitoring device had alerted law enforcement authorities to his escape. The main countries that the scammers escaped to include Mexico, Sudan, Pakistan, Iraq, Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. Many on the list were non-U.S. citizens, and the actual country of citizenship for many is unknown.
The HHS OIG website provides an overview of each fraudsters, and an outline of the white collar crimes that they committed. A cursory glance of the Most Wanted List makes it obvious that the main victim of these crafty fraudsters has been the U.S. federal government. In fact, the list is replete with crimes committed against Medicare, Medicare, as well as U.S. tax evasion crimes. However, the individuals that made the Most Wanted List only accounted for a small amount of the fraud committed to obtain Medicare and Medicaid funds and services. It seems that with the increased proliferation of medical expenses and claims because of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, fraudsters have determined that the federal government’s underfunded infrastructure is vulnerable enough to exploit. In fact, the abuse of the Medicare and Medicaid programs has resulted in the fraudulent payout of billions of dollars in taxpayer money. One of the individuals who made the Most Wanted List was federally indicted for stealing over $1.08 million by fraudulently billing Medicare for medical supplies and devices. The irony was that this fraudster was a fake doctor, with no medical degree, and was still able to receive Medicare and Medicaid benefits for his unsuspecting patients.
The fraudsters making the HHS OIG Most Wanted List have done a great job at exploiting the limitations of the U.S. federal government bureaucracy and infrastructure. When you need legal representation and advice in a white collar crime case, contact South Miami attorney Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A.