Saturday, February 24, 2018

One for the Books

It takes a conniving mind to make claims to the Internal Revenue Service for more than $63 million dollars in fraudulent income tax refunds, all processed by a single tax preparation business. (It also takes a lot of chutzpah.)But federal prosecutors allege that is...

Old-fashioned Idea, Newfangled Fraud

Physician house calls are an old-fashioned idea, but Medicare has turned to them to help the government health care program save money in the 21st century. While a key study shows that home health care has saved 17 percent in health care spending by...

Keep on Trucking

People who qualify for and receive disability payments can also be compensated for working while receiving a monthly payment as long as they follow specific rules set forth by the Social Security Administration (SSA). One Mississippi man thought he could avoid reporting his job...

State of Deceit v. Commonwealth of Divorce

Police officers are put on this earth to help keep everyone safe and for that we are thankful. But, they are human, and therefore, imperfect. A case in Tampa tells of a police officer who cashed in fraudulent tax refund fraud checks to pay...

A Bad Seed

There are multiple reasons for pruning. In general, it helps the plant, and its foliage to become stronger and healthier. Today 's fraudster, who worked for a tree and landscape company, had already been "pruned" once for a prior workers' compensation conviction. (Unfortunately, the...

Government Gets Real with Refund Fraudster

Here's a clear message from the U.S. government to would-be thieves that exploiting honest, taxpaying Americans to drain the U.S. Treasury of their income tax refund money will not be tolerated. A news release published by the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a...

Not If, But When

If you think your identity could never be stolen, think again. According to Symantec’s 2017 Internet Security Report, 1,209 security breaches occurred in 2016 exposing 1.1 billion identities. If that doesn’t scare you, then consider that over the past eight years, more than 7.1...

Faking It Didn’t Make It

There is no cure for Sickle Cell Anemia, an inherited condition where there are not enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout the body. (Some of the symptoms of Sickle Cell Anemia include swollen hands and feet, fatigue, or jaundice of...

Uncovering Tracks

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a Department of Justice press release entitled, “Florida Resident Sentenced to Prison for Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme”. A Miami-Dade County, Florida resident was sentenced to 70 months in prison for his role in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme.

High Flying Fraud

Fraudsters often are apprehended for one reason, then investigators delve a little deeper to find out more than they anticipated. (It's kind of like peeling back the layers of an onion. The deeper you go, the smellier it gets.) A man who was originally...
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