Sunday, February 18, 2018

You Can Defraud, But You Can’t Hide

Excerpt: Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a press release entitled, “Former HHSA Employee Sentenced to Prison for Embezzlement and Welfare Fraud.” Today in Department 10 of the Tulare County Superior Court, Visalia Division, Judge Kathryn  Montejano sentenced Yvonne Hernandez, age 43, of Hanford, to four years in state prison for multiple financial crimes. On March 14, 2017, Hernandez pleaded guilty to 31 counts of embezzlement of public monies and 18 counts of welfare fraud....

Fraud Bites

One of the first rules that any kid learns in school is “don’t bite.” Maybe another important directive would be “don’t bite the teacher.” A full-time special education aide assistant in Los Angeles alleged that one of her students bit her finger, leaving her...

Just Peachy

Farm labor is hard, back-breaking work that often goes from sun up to sun down. There is a lot of bending, picking up and endurance involved, especially in some parts of the country where summer temperatures reach upwards of 100 degrees. Today 's "Fraud...

Paying a High Premium

Businesses pay a great deal of money to insure that their most valuable assets—their employees—are protected in the event an on-the-job injury occurs. When workers' compensation companies collect premiums from employers, but fail to pay out benefits after a legitimate injury happens, not only...

Natural Disaster, Man-made Fraud

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes it pretty clear that only primary residences damaged during a disaster are eligible to receive any financial aid under the agency's disaster assistance program. Despite the massive destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, damage to vacation homes did...

Tar and Feather

Punishment by tar and feathers was once used as an unofficial way to enforce justice. Thankfully, our current justice system doesn't use that form of punishment to discipline those who break the law today. However, the owner of a California paving company got tarred...

Fraudster Flunk Out

Most people like to get things for free, but an article posted on MassLive.com tells about a former Massachusetts university employee who takes the concept of free to a new, lower level. This particular young adult was not entirely happy with just receiving a...

Think Before You Swing and Swindle

Isn't it wild that some people would rather risk prison time than face the consequences of their decision-making? The Sacramento Bee reports that a husband and wife attempted to get the government to pay the long-term healthcare costs of a gunshot the man suffered...

More than Your Own Slice of the Pie

A California pizza shop owner is in big trouble for withholding the government's piece of the pie. Bay City News reports that this pizza punk was caught not only evading payroll taxes, but also fudging employee numbers to drive down the cost of his...

Identity Disorder

Identity theft is such as personal violation, but it becomes even more personal when someone steals from your house and your mailbox to get your information. A report by Lake Elsinore-Wilodmar Patch details how a 32-year-old California woman was caught stealing the identities of...
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