Sunday, August 19, 2018

Left Holding the Bag

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) reports that a majority of food stamp trafficking happens in smaller-sized retailers. That is the case for today’s “Fraud of the Day” article where the former owner of a Louisville, Kentucky specialty food...

Family Bond

You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. Today’s fraudsters – a husband and wife from Corona, California – would probably prefer to erase their family ties to a terrorist couple who shot 14 people to death in San Bernardino back...

Singing the Jail House Blues

The Chicago blues style of music originated in the 1950s and made its way across the United States and over the pond to the United Kingdom and beyond in the 1960s. The music, which is characterized by lyrics that express injustice, desire for a...

Examining the Examiners

Medical examinations are required for many reasons. Children need a medical evaluation before they can attend school; an immigrant needs one if they wish to obtain a visa or green card and, some employers won’t hire until you’ve been looked over by a qualified...

The Heart of the Matter

The human heart pumps blood throughout the body, supplying oxygen and nutrients to tissues while removing carbon dioxide and other waste. (It is central to all body operations and without it, we cannot live.) Fraud operations are similar. Today’s spotlight shines on a cardiologist...

With This Ring, I Defraud Thee

One of the easiest ways for an immigrant to become a lawful resident of the United States is to marry an American citizen. While there are many immigrants who find their true love in the “Land of the Free and the Home of the...

In Hot Water

A former resident of Pagosa Springs, Colorado is in some seriously hot water. (And, I’m not talking about the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring located there.)  Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation agents effectively sunk today’s fraudster’s tax fraud scheme after they discovered he...

Bad Business Decisions

Bad business decisions can ruin a company. For instance, if your customers like the product or service you provide, don’t spend a lot of money trying to improve it. (Think of the New Coke vs. Old Coke saga back in the 1980s. If it...

If U Defraud, U Go to Jail

There are two classifications of visas required to travel to the United States – one for temporary visitors and the other for immigrants. The State department reports that there are more than 20 non-immigrant visa types that allow individuals to travel to the U.S....

Money Talks

When healthcare fraud occurs, kickbacks are often involved. (Medical kickbacks can include payment by cash, check, gift cards, luxury items, vacations, etc. in exchange for patient referrals, prescriptions or medical devices.) A Fontana, California woman, who owned and operated a La Verne-based home healthcare...
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