Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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...

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...

Arizona Cracks Down on Unemployment Fraudsters in Prison

Here's the thing about incarcerated criminals? they have a lot of time on their hands. And some prisoners focus their energies on fraud, rather than rehabilitation. Here at ''Fraud of the Day,'' we've written about cases in which prisoners have developed tax refund schemes...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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