Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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...

Roofing Scheme Has Holes

The recent recession and an underground economy have made times tough for the construction industry. Contractors are desperate for work and some companies compete for jobs with unfair advantages. Today's Fraud of the Day from The Daily Journal examines how one company was able...

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...

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...

Background Check

It is important to be vigilant about background checks when hiring a contractor to perform work on your house or property. (If the contractor is not licensed by the state, consumers can be personally liable for any injuries sustained by uninsured or unlicensed workers.)...

Workers’ Compensation Fraud Doesn’t Pay

Every once in a while, employees are injured on the job. Sometimes, the injuries result from a particular incident, such as a box in a store room falling on an employee's foot. Other times, the cause may be more subtle, like an injury resulting...

Busting International Fraud

Using stolen identities to commit tax refund fraud has become such a fast-growing and common fraud, that it now has its own acronym. Otherwise known as SIRE, Stolen Identity Refund fraud is a sophisticated crime that devastates its victims' reputations and credit histories, while...

Do Not Pass Go…Go Directly to Jail

We've all played the board game where we roll the dice to see how many spaces our game piece can advance and, inevitably, someone lands on the square that tells them to go directly to jail. Committing fraud is kind of like that: you...

Rolling Away with Fraud

Medicare covers durable medical equipment (DME) for qualified beneficiaries. This benefit can mean a world of difference to someone who is confined to their home and without it would not be able to function normally. The long list of items covered includes equipment, such...

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...
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