Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Ignorance is Not Bliss

You've probably heard the saying, ''Ignorance is bliss.'' This suggests that it's more convenient or comfortable to ignore the fact that something unscrupulous is going on. A press release published by the Department of Justice describes one woman's feigned attempt at ignorance while testifying...

Misprision Can Lead to Prison

Knowing about a crime and not reporting it is just about as bad as actually committing one. The official term for this act is misprision, or the failure to report a known felony to authorities even though the person reporting the offense is not...

Tricked Out

If you're trying to hide fraudulent activity, it would be smart not to do anything out of the ordinary to raise suspicions. An article in the Montgomery Advertiser details the story of two former corrections officers who tricked the Internal Revenue Service into issuing...

Guilty Victims of Fraud

Criminals are always on the prowl for victims. Most are innocent, but once in awhile even fraudsters prey on other criminals while they are serving out a prison sentence. (That's an ironic twist – guilty victims.) An article in the Montgomery Adviser details a...

Fleeing from Fraud

When someone is in danger, a fight-or-flight response usually occurs. Either the person stays put and confronts the situation or they decide to flee from the mentally or physically threatening situation. The Department of Justice released a statement about an Alabama Man, who was...

Spoofing Fraud

A spoof can be described as a good-humored deception. However, AL.com, describes how one man's crime spoofed 110 victims and their financial institutions by pretending to be someone he wasn't. He stole their personal information and activated or reactivated credit cards in...

Permission to Commit Fraud

Sometimes it is difficult to commit a crime alone. Co-conspirators are often needed to pull off fraudulent activity. The Montgomery Advertiser reports on a man who enlisted a variety of co-conspirators to commit identity theft and tax fraud. The article states that over a two-year...

Anticipation

It's hard to wait for something that we have long anticipated. Whether it is a child's dream to receive a new bike for his birthday or the long-awaited arrival of a soldier returning from a foreign conflict, we have great expectations attached to...

Committing Crime While Serving Time

Jokes are often made about criminals who do some pretty heinous things and get caught red-handed on the outside. Some criminals are quite clever and seize every opportunity to swindle victims – even from behind bars. The Alaska Dispatch covers a story about a...

Fraudsters Anonymous

There are numerous 12-step programs that exist to help people recover from all sorts of addictions, afflictions and overall bad experiences. (However, to my knowledge, there's no Fraudsters Anonymous to help recovering criminals choose a better line of work.) Montgomery's NBC-affiliate, WSFA, reports that...
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