Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Evading Everything

Fraudsters tend to think they should receive a special exemption when it comes to paying taxes. Today’s “Fraud of the Day” reveals a Southern California businessman who evaded millions of dollars in personal and business-related taxes owed. His tax evasion tactics led to a...


Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Tony Rackauckas announced a shutdown of a $40 million fraudulent medical billing and kickback operation with the filing of charges against more than two dozen doctors, pharmacists and business owners.

Endangering Justice

A former California Highway Patrol officer who injured his back while on duty has pleaded no contest to felony workers’ compensation insurance fraud. Brian Christopher Hansen was sentenced to 180 days in Sacramento County Jail and five years formal probation.

Trust, But Verify

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a press release entitled, “Salinas woman guilty of welfare fraud,” published by The Californian. A Salinas woman defrauded $3,811 from the Monterey County Department of Social Services by using personal documents of a neighbor who was deported.

Keep Your Hands to Yourself

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Former county employee and boyfriend sentenced for welfare fraud; more than $90,000 taken” published by Lake County News. A woman who formerly worked for the county and her boyfriend have pleaded guilty in what a local prosecutor said is the biggest welfare fraud case she’s ever seen.

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...
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