Sunday, July 22, 2018

Epic Offense

An epic usually details the extraordinary feats accomplished by a hero. Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' tells how an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran twisted the details of his ''not so heroic'' actions in order to bilk the federal government out of more than $750,000...

Green Pastures

Green pastures are usually associated with prosperity, new opportunities and a fresh start. (If someone is moving on to greener pastures, they are taking advantage of a new opportunity and leaving an old situation behind.)The owner and operator of a New Orleans medical equipment...

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...

That’s No Way to Treat a Guest

The United States relies upon foreign laborers to harvest many of the country's crops. The H-2A visa program helps agricultural employers fill seasonal jobs with foreign guest workers to facilitate the process. Unfortunately, an Ohio business woman abused the program and the foreign workers...

Recycling Patients

There's no doubt that recycling is good for the environment. It helps to reduce trash that fills landfills, uses old stuff to make new stuff, and saves money, natural resources and energy. A nurse mentioned in a Home Health Care News article took recycling...

Ziggies Bad Zag

The idiom regarding ''zigging when one should have zagged'' refers to doing one thing, when something else should have been done. (It usually means that bad choices lead to unfortunate results.) An entrepreneur who owned a restaurant chain named ''Ziggies'' got into trouble when...

Running a Hustle Behind Bars

A report issued earlier this year by the Treasury Department details how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is doing with detecting tax refund fraud. The IRS identified 42,148 fraudulent tax returns with $227 million claimed and prevented the issuance of nearly 80 percent or...

Patients as Commodities

When you think of the term ''commodity,'' things like oil, natural gas, grain, or livestock come to mind. An article in The Chicago Tribune tells about a doctor known as the ''king of nursing homes,'' who essentially traded patient referrals as commodities. His part...

Double Dose

Doctors usually advise against taking a double dose of medication to catch up when a recommended spoonful, pill or shot has been missed. (Sometimes the side effects of missing a dose can be detrimental to one's health when the doctor's orders are not followed.)The...

Plotting Fraud

Sometimes you have to wonder how an author comes up with a plot for a best-selling novel. Elements that make for great fiction can include a protagonist using their position of power to steal from the poor in order to fund a lavish lifestyle....
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