Tuesday, December 12, 2017

When the Fraud Hits the fan

Listen to this Story For many, the thought of tax season does not bring up warm feelings; but for three years, today's fraudsters turned tax season into a year-round holiday. On October 15, 2015,two defendants from Phenix City,...

Stuck on Fraud

Listen to this Story Many consider the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill to be the largest disaster in the history of petroleum. When the environmental catastrophe occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the explosion and collapse of...

Making Strides Against SIRF

Listen to this Story According to a post about Stolen Identity Refund Fraud on the Department of Justice website, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported that more than 5 million tax returns were filed using stolen identities during the 2013 tax filing season alone. (This...

Do Whatever You Want

If someone handed you a stack of cash and told you to do whatever you wanted, what would you do? (Would you go on a shopping spree, make a bank deposit or stash it under your mattress for safe keeping?) An article posted on...

Top Priority

One of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) top priorities is to prosecute criminals who use stolen identities to bilk the U.S. Treasury through the filing of fake tax returns. A recent Department of Justice press release tells about a successful prosecution and conviction of...

Breaking the Cycle

The goal of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition by providing monthly benefits to eligible low-income families through electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. An article posted on AL.com tells the story of how a few shoplifted steaks started...

Keeping Stories Straight

When multiple people are involved in fraud, it is important to keep stories straight so suspicions are not raised. An article published by Alaska Dispatch News details what happened when a doctor and his office manager did not tell the same story about their...

Betrayed by Trust

Fraudsters are experts at betrayal. But before betrayal can happen, one must trust in the betrayer. An article published in The Franklin County Times tells the story of one woman and 20 other individuals who betrayed the government by stealing more than $10 million...

Sending A Strong Message

There are a variety of ways a message can be sent, such as via email, through regular mail or over social media. The way the government sends a message to those who try to defraud it is through the court system. A story posted...

How Not to Become a Millionaire

There is a wealth of information available on how to become a millionaire. Books, magazines and financial blogs abound with great advice, such as: earn more than you spend; save a set percentage of your income each month; or, make regular investments in the...
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