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Senators Approve of Independence for Inspector General’s in Virgin Islands

Posted on November24, 2015
Members of the Committee on Government Services, Consumer and Veterans Affairs gathered on November 18th, 2015 to discuss multiple measures, including bill no. 31-0014, sponsored by Senator Clifford Graham and co-sponsored by Senators Sammuel Sanes and Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly, that aims to add more legitimacy to the Office of the Inspector General by untying it from the executive branch. This bill was brought forward because the IG's budget in the Virgin Islands has dwindled down to $2 million for fiscal year…
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Home-Health Agency Owners Indicted For Stealing $13 Million From Medicare

Posted on November12, 2015
The owners, the director of nursing of patient recruiters of a home-health agency based in Houston were arrested this morning for their alleged roles in conspiracies to defraud Medicare, to pay illegal healthcare kickbacks and to commit money laundering.  The defendants were charged in an indictment unsealed on November 10, 2015. According to the indictment, Ebong Tilong, 51, and Marie Neba, 51, both of Sugar Land, Texas, used the Texas-based, home-health agency that they owned to bill Medicare for home-health services…
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FBI, Multiple OIGs Investigating Georgia President Charged With Bank Fraud

Posted on February23, 2015
A former bank president was charged on February 12th for his role in a bank fraud scheme in which he is alleged to have hidden underperforming and at-risk loans from the bank and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), among others, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore of the Middle District of Georgia. The case is being investigated by the FBI, the Department of Treasury’s Special Inspector…
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Green Card Program Under Investigation by DHS IG

Posted on February16, 2015
The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General has been investigating a program that allows foreign nationals to receive visas or Green Cards by investing in approved American business ventures. The program is known as EB-5 and was previously run by Alijandro Mayorkas. Critics cite the ability to buy visas and Green Cards as a threat to national security and unfair to those immigrants who can't afford the high price tag of $500,000 to $1,000,000. An ABC news investigation turned up…
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Utah Officials Pushing to Create New OIG

Posted on February02, 2015
Utah Governor Gary Herbert is leading the push for the creation of a state Office of Inspector General. Governor Herbert announced in his State of the State address he is "working with several lawmakers and state Attorney General Sean Reyes" to create the new office. The lawmakers plan to introduce the proposal as a bill this year. A key reason for an independent ethics office is a bribery scandal involving former Attorney General John Swallow. "Swallow, who has denied wrongdoing,…
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Chicago Public Schools IG Uncovers $870K Fraud

Posted on January06, 2015
Newly appointed Inspector General for the Chicago Public Schools, Nicholas Schuler realeased the district's annual report. Investigations revealed a billing scheme that netted a former employee over $870,000. The employee had assistance from vendors and business owners who created false invoices and multiple companies to cover the fraud. While the OIG focused on the billing fraud, the report also lists attendance policy issues, drop out rate cover ups, and other misconduct at individual schools. Schuler recommended implementing more consistent policies…
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NCUA IG to Investigate Recent Data Breach

Posted on January03, 2015
The National Credit Union Administration suffered a major security breach when an examiner lost a thumb drive containing information about members of the Palm Springs Federal Credit Union in October 2014. While the thumb drive did not contain PINs or passwords, it did contain names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and account numbers of the members. NCUA IG James Hagen will now conduct an audit to test the controls in place and why the NCUA initially concealed the breach. A spokesman…
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USPS OIG Finds Inefficiencies For Sunday Deliveries

Posted on December28, 2014
The United States Postal Service's Office of Inspector General released a report on the inefficiencies found in handling Sunday deliveries. Most of these deliveries are for major customer Amazon. The report found that policies and procedures were not enforced by supervisors. The OIG inspected 134 hubs that provided Sunday delivery and found that because of several inefficiencies, deliveries took 17,446 more hours than expected during a one month period. As the USPS begins to expand Sunday deliveries, these holes and…
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Former DHS-OIG Special Agent in Charge Sentenced to Prison

Posted on December18, 2014
A former agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General has been sentenced to three years in prison following a 2013 indictment in Texas for falsifying records and obstruction of justice. The indictment came after a September 2011 internal inspection of the McAllen Field Office. Prior to the inspection, Special Agent in Charge Eugenio Pedraza instructed subordinates to "engage in a scheme to falsify documents in open criminal investigative case files, including numerous investigations in…
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Ex-owner of midstate company sentenced in contracting fraud case

Posted on July08, 2014
Schuylkill Products President and CEO Joseph Nagle has been sentenced in federal court in Harrisburg and fined more than $27,000. Nagle was president, CEOr and part- owner of Schuylkill Products Inc. Ernest G. Fink, of Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, SPI’s former Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer and part-owner is scheduled to be sentenced on July 14, 2014. Read entire article at witf.org
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