Monday, December 11, 2017

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....

A CHP Off the Old Fraud

It's hard to imagine that someone who has seen a jail cell from the right side (the outside, that is), would risk doing something to land himself on the wrong side. So it's disheartening to hear about one California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer who...

California Student Football Players Accused of Fraud Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Fraud comes in all shapes and sizes and it also comes – as this story from the Associated Press illustrates – at varying degrees of athletic ability. At the heart of the story are ''as many as'' two dozen football players from Fresno...

Summer Job

When most students think about getting a summer job, thoughts usually turn to working at a restaurant, lifeguarding or working at the local mall – not scamming the government. An article in The Glendale News-Press tells about foreign students visiting the United States on...

A FRAUDian Slip

Are you familiar with Sigmund Freud's idea of the ''Freudian Slip?'? Here's one lay person's explanation? the Freudian Slip, also known as parapraxis, is a mere error in speech usually triggered when someone is subconsciously thinking about something that is revealed through what they...

Misery Loves Company

Listen to this Story When someone submits a workers' compensation claim, it means that they are unable to perform their job responsibilities because of an on-the-job injury. The Daily Republic tells the story of one California man who used...

An Ambulance Ride to Court

The last thing you expect when entering an ambulance is that someone can access your records and commit fraud against the federal government using your personal information. Usually the sound of paramedic talk, medicine and the hope to heal quickly drowns the thought of...

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...

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...

Triple Tax Fraud Strike Out

It has been said by some that things happen in ''threes''? births, deaths – and arresting alleged tax refund fraudsters. At least that appears to be the situation unfolding in California, where – according to The Sacramento Bee – officials recently arrested three Sacramento...
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