Friday, September 21, 2018

Pulling the Wool Over Your Eyes

Judges during the early history of the United States used to wear powdered wigs made of wool, mirroring their counterparts in British courts. When an unscrupulous individual was said to be “pulling the wool over someone’s eyes” in court, it meant that they were...

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.

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...

Milking the System

Dairy farming was previously done on a small scale by farmers who rose before the sun to trudge to the barn where they milked their cows by hand. The milking process, which happens several times a day, became much easier once the milking machine...


Incentivizing is all about getting as much out of a mutually beneficial relationship as possible. Parents can incentivize children to make good grades by dangling the proverbial carrot of $20 for every “A” they make. Employers can promise an extra day off or provide...

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.

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...

Anybody Want a Paystub?

I see a lot of different types of fraud – tax refund fraud, food stamp fraud, homestead exemption fraud and much more. Every once in a while, I see a new twist on a traditional approach to fraud and I need to call that...

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.

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...
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