First Advisor

McGrath, Jack M.


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Criminology


School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

54 pages


Health care fraud is a large problem in this country. Experts in the field estimate that 3-10% of all health care expenditures in the United States are fraudulent (National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, n.d., Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009). "Financial losses due to health care fraud are estimated to range from $70 billion to a staggering $234 billion a year" (The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, 2010). With this problem identified, it is important to identify and isolate possible influences and factors which perpetuate this type of fraud. Using South Florida as the subject area and health care fraud as the dependent variable, this study sets out to identify patterns and relationships between the demographic variables of ethnicity and citizenship of the perpetrators of fraud. Findings indicate that minorities with U.S. citizenship are more likely to perpetrate fraud and health care fraud than those with non-minority and non-U. S. citizen status.

Date of Award

Summer 2011

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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