Saturday, December 16, 2017

Footing the Fraud Bill

Podiatrists have a complicated and sometimes unpleasant job when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of more than 26 bones, over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments and 33 joints in the foot. A podiatrist in Pennsylvania used his patients to take a load...

How Well Do You Know Your Postal Carrier?

Tax refund fraud is one of our most popular topics here on Fraud of the Day – and with good reason. I write about tax refund fraud because it is becoming an epidemic. Every day fraudsters are thinking up new ways to game the...

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...

Doubly Unqualified

The State of Alabama 's Medicaid agency requires mental health counselors to meet specific licensure requirements before providing services to underprivileged patients and submitting claims for reimbursement. The owner of an Alabama counseling business was doubly unqualified to participate in the Medicaid program for...

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,...

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...

A Failing Grade

Think back to your college days. Remember your fall semester? Groups of students were probably walking through the campus on their way to class, backpacks on and minds open. The lively setting was full of books, new sneakers, to-go coffees and fraud. Wait...fraud? According...

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...

Home Sweet Fraud

It's usually in southern tradition to make someone feel at home. Southern hospitality is about as common in most parts of the south as collard greens and Sunday church. An Alabama.com article revealed another commonality making an appearance in the south – fighting tax...

A Lesson in Trades

Okay, students... take out your paper and pens – it's time to take notes. Now, when you plan on committing student loan fraud, there are a few things you should know. But, the golden rule is this? don't get caught. According to a Tuscaloosa...
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