Friday, September 21, 2018

Crystal Ball

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Hermosa Beach ‘Psychic’ Sentenced For Tax Fraud,” posted on Patch.com. A Hermosa Beach man who is a self-proclaimed psychic was sentenced to six years in federal prison and his wife received two years behind bars for a filing fraudulent tax returns and passing bad checks in an effort to pay of their debts.

Not So Petty

Petty crimes, which can include offenses such as shoplifting, trespassing, public intoxication or vandalism, are considered to be minor. A woman, whose last name happened to be Petty (what a great last name for a criminal), committed a ''not so petty'' crime by stealing...

Justice Served Twice

Witnesses are not always needed in order to convict someone of a crime. A story published by Home Health Care News tells about a case against a woman convicted for taking part in a hospice-related health care fraud. She asked for a new trial...

Red Thumbed

U.S. Citizenship comes with many rights and responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is to respect and obey federal, state and local laws. A Haitian woman living in Winter Haven, Florida was so desperate to obtain U.S. Citizenship that she committed immigration fraud by lying...

Regrets

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Grocery cashier pleads guilty to food stamp fraud in multi-million dollar scheme” published by Brooklyn Daily Eagle. A 46-year-old man who worked at his brother’s bodega in East New York pleaded guilty to stealing millions of dollars in a food-stamp scheme while he worked as a cashier.

Fraud Hot Spot

The Miami area is known as the epicenter of home health fraud. This is not surprising due to the large number of elderly Medicare beneficiaries who live in the South Florida region. The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has determined that a...

A Different Kind of Washington Cartel

Most of us can agree that there's little worse than stealing from children. Unfortunately, kids are an easy target, and especially those whom have been in trouble with the law. The Washington Post has the story of an employee at the D.C. Department of...

Inside Job

Fraudsters often try to fly under the radar so that their illegal acts can go undetected. This often requires some help from the inside where fraudsters abuse their positions of power to steal from others. The Atlanta Journal Constitution details how two former bank...

Protecting the Public Purse

You might be surprised what people will do to keep collecting a monthly check from the federal government. One common way that people steal benefits they don’t deserve is by failing to report the death of a loved one to the Social Security Administration...

Taking A Chance

The patients received kickbacks for visiting the clinics where they took sleep and stress tests that were administered by unlicensed and unsupervised personnel. (So people who didn’t know what they were doing gave tests that were not needed. That’s a bit scary.) The two...
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