Tuesday, December 12, 2017

One for the History Books

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Owner of Dallas Health Care Company Gets 17 Years in Federal Prison for Role in Huge Fraud” published by Dallas Observer. U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay sentenced the owner of a Dallas home health care company to 17 years in federal prison.

Driving Thousands of Fake Miles

Criminals will go to great lengths to steal money, even if they have to drive tens of thousands of fake miles to carry out a scam. (So, how does one drive fake miles?) The husband and wife owners of a Texas laboratory company settled...

Going Undercover to Uncover Fraud

It used to be that federal agencies left undercover work to the Federal Bureau of Investigation but now, estimates say that around 40 government agencies have their own staff to do the often dangerous job. A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigative agent went...

Collecting Fraud

People collect all sorts of memorabilia including stamps, comic books, stuffed animals, coins and baseball cards to name just a few. Usually, collectors spend their own money to add something new to their prized collection, but a neurologist from Michigan spent nearly $2 million...

Everything Has a Price

Everyone dreams of living a lavish lifestyle at one time or another. Who hasn't imagined lounging on the sandy beach of a remote island resort, driving a brand new luxury vehicle or wearing an expensive piece of jewelry that defines the word ''bling?'? Billboards,...

Tis the Season for Tax Fraud

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF) to be at the top of the list for tax fraud in addition to a host of other scams that can be just as damaging. As American taxpayers prepare to submit their tax...

Shortcut to Temporary Success

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Waterbury grocery store worker sentenced in Food Stamp fraud” posted on WTNH.com. A Waterbury man was sentenced Thursday in Hartford to 30 months in prison for defrauding the federal stamp program.

Hide and Go Seek

Fraudsters tend to think that if they can hide stolen money or benefits, the government will never be able to find them or their secret stash. (However, the government is pretty good at playing Hide and Go Seek. They know all of the hiding...

Whether Needed or Not

A lot of Medicare fraud occurs when claims for medical services allegedly rendered are submitted, regardless of whether the patient needed it or not. Unscrupulous providers who submit these fraudulent claims are counting on their elderly patients to not look too closely at their...

You Can’t Make This Up

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a great list of tips for choosing a tax return preparer. One tip mentions the importance of reviewing the entire return before signing it. (This is obviously so any errors can be caught before sending it in.) A...
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