Friday, December 15, 2017

Fame and Fortune

Some people head to Hollywood seeking fame and/or fortune. As reported by the Beverly Press, today's ''Fraud of the Day'' subject set up shop in West Hollywood with the intent to seek fortune through a scheme that bilked Medicare of $1.5 million. (I...

Cheating the Way into Office

The race for political office can get heated quickly – especially when it becomes clear that a candidate has used unethical methods to win. While we would like to believe the human race proceeds morally and ethically with all things, the reality is some...

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!)...

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...

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...

Using Rags for Riches

There is nothing like hearing a story of success about an individual who went from ''rags to riches.'? It takes gumption to build success out of nothing. Of course, there is always the flipside of that coin? the coward who steals from the poor....

Juggling Too Many Balls

Juggling can be described as a skill that involves the manipulation of many objects at one time. (It takes a great deal of dexterity to not drop the items being tossed around.) A story posted on Patch.com tells about a man who manipulated three...

Getting Something for Nothing

A moocher is someone who relies others constantly. A story published on kionrightnow.com details a former resident of Georgia who mooched off of the federal government and received approximately $84,000 in benefits. The article states that a 33-year-old man received workers' compensation payments...

Fraud Chain

Much like the food chain describes relationships between organisms and different levels of prey, fraud also needs victims in order for crime to perpetuate. The California Statewide Law Enforcement Association reports that a farm labor contractor participated in a workers' compensation fraud scheme...
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