Friday, February 23, 2018

Caught in the Act

A picture is worth a thousand words and in the case of one California fraudster, one word – ''guilty.'' According to an article in the Daily Press, video surveillance led to the conviction of an out-of-work woman who tried to collect workers' compensation benefits...

Sending a Strong Message

We've heard of drug rings and prostitution rings, but child care rings? Yes...they exist too. According to The Mercury News, a California man was found guilty of six counts of perjury and five counts of grand theft in connection with a case involving home-based...

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...

Getting Schooled

Imagine being a first-time college student – fresh to the ''grown-up'' world, grasping the responsibility of cleaning your dorm room, attending classes, paying for your meals and signing fraudulent student-loan forms through the guidance of an expert financial fraudster. Wait a minute...student-loan fraud wasn't...

50-50 Split

Splitting things ''50-50'' refers to fairness. Each person gets or takes responsibility for an equal share. For example, spouses can divide household chores – one partner does the dishes and the other one takes out the trash on a regular basis....

Identity Crisis

An ''identity crisis'' can occur at any time in life, especially when going through change. The developmental psychology term refers to a point in life where an individual begins to seriously search deep within themselves for answers to questions, such as? ''Why am I...

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...

California Dreaming and Scheming

The ''California Dream'' is associated with the notion of becoming wealthy and famous in a short period of time. The idea is linked to the Gold Rush of 1849, where many opportunists traveled West in hopes of ''striking it rich.'' (California, here I come!)...

Driving Away Fraud

Once in awhile, bribes can be considered beneficial, as long as they are not illegal and they don't harm anyone. For instance, parents have been known to hand out candy or money rewarding their children's positive behavior. (This might be questionable for some,...

DA Files Charges in $500,000 Child Care Fraud Case

Who among us wouldn't like to be sitting poolside with a cool beverage at a beachfront resort? Now...what if the trip was paid for by defrauding taxpayers and, specifically, pocketing money intended for needy children? Now it doesn't sound quite so good. Unfortunately, today's...
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