Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fraud Minion

When you think about minions, usually a cute yellow blob that loves bananas and wears blue jean overalls comes to mind. Even though the popular animated figures assist a former professional criminal portrayed in a popular children's movie, the fictional characters are generally seen...

What a Pile of Scrap

Fraudsters are always coming up with new and innovative ways to carry out their crimes, however, today's "Fraud of the Day" shines the spotlight on a North Carolina businessman who used a simple and oft used technique to hide his fraudulent acts. He thought...

The Heart of the Matter

What lies at the heart of all fraud is the desire to enrich one's own life at the expense of others. In an elaborate and sophisticated tax fraud scheme, a restaurant owner in Arizona used illegal aliens and the federal government to amass a...

Behaving Badly

A former well-respected attorney in Santa Barbara, California behaved badly by not paying his taxes. He used the unpaid taxes to live a lavish lifestyle and to go gambling. The former criminal defense attorney neglected to report that he had earned $3,590,185 to the Internal...

Switcheroo

Fraudsters use many tactics to avoid getting caught by government authorities. One of those methods involves changing business names, so investigators are thrown off the trail. A husband and wife who owned and operated a construction business near Huntington, West Virginia pulled a switcheroo...

Where You Wish No One Knew Your Name

Cheers, the popular 1980's television sitcom about a bar in Boston, Massachusetts paints a picture of a cozy and friendly establishment where everyone knows your name. The former owner and operator of a sports bar and grill in neighboring New Hampshire fleeced more than...

Role Reversal

Parents have an enormous responsibility when it comes to raising their children to be a good citizen. It's their job to instill character and instruct them on how to behave appropriately. Apparently, a Georgia woman and her incarcerated son reversed roles and the son...

Blowing Down Straw Houses

As the tale of the Three Little Pigs illustrates, houses made of straw do not last very long. (Neither do businesses who try to launder illegally gained funds through straw companies.) An owner of a home health care agency who tried to bilk Medicare...

Growing A Crop of Fraud

The American Farm Bureau Federation states that farmers and ranchers only receive 16 cents out of each dollar spent on food. The remainder goes to ''wages and materials for production, processing, marketing, transportation and distribution.'' (Sometimes, when there's a bad year and crop production...

The Truth about Lying

Never lie to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). (Falsifying information about your earnings is not a good idea at all.) A New Hartford businessman tried to avoid paying taxes by reporting incorrect earnings on his business tax returns, but eventually, the IRS caught him...
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