Article: Elderly South Florida mobster Thomas Farese at the top of $93 million healthcare fraud, feds say

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Elderly South Florida mobster Thomas Farese at the top of $93 million healthcare fraud, feds say

Dan Christensen, 04 May 2021

Since the 1970s mobster Tommy Farese has been a recurring character on the pages of South Florida newspapers.

So it was surprising when the reputed Colombo family consiglieri didn’t make the Sun-Sentinel last week for his latest alleged caper: a $93-million health care fraud scheme.

Thomas Ralph Farese, also known as “Tom Mix,” is 78 years old now and living in Delray Beach. But instead of wiling away his golden years playing shuffleboard, Farese was out front in a pair of huge kickback schemes involving “durable medical equipment and genetic cancer screening,” according to the Justice Department. Continue reading “Article: Elderly South Florida mobster Thomas Farese at the top of $93 million healthcare fraud, feds say”

Article: Feds spotlight Miami as capital of COVID-19 fraud, from business to employee benefits

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Feds spotlight Miami as capital of COVID-19 fraud, from business to employee benefits

JAY WEAVER,  26 March 2021

A year ago, Congress agreed to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on benefits for small businesses and employees devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Of course, the government’s handout helped the struggling economy. But it also opened the door for a menagerie of con artists to fleece the federal relief program to get rich quick.

Among them: a South Florida man alleged to have bought a Lamborghini for $318,000 with millions in COVID-19 relief loans; a Broward County tax preparer who purportedly pocketed huge commissions for filing $28 million worth of phony business loan applications; and a former NFL player from Miami accused of stealing people’s identities to collect $300,000 in unemployment insurance benefits. Continue reading “Article: Feds spotlight Miami as capital of COVID-19 fraud, from business to employee benefits”