Monday, May 21, 2018

Cashing in on the Vulnerable

Fraudsters love to cash in on the vulnerabilities of their victims, especially the disabled and the deceased. A man who owned a North Miami check cashing business cashed in on more than 2,000 victims in these two categories, netting more than $11 million in...

Overprescribed

There's a pill for just about everything. In fact, there were 4.36 billion prescriptions dispensed in the United States in 2015.A Miami psychiatrist did more than just overprescribe medication to his patients, he dispensed anti-psychotic drugs for the purpose of helping his patients game...

Not Making the Grade

When you name your company ''A Plus'' anything, you're setting the bar pretty high for yourself. But in today's case, the owners of the company earned themselves an ''F'' for fraud. According to a press release recently published by the Florida Attorney General's Office,...

Not Child’s Play

Here's a new one. Instead of a fraudster who collects unemployment benefits while hiding a job, this is the case of one pretending to have a job in order to collect childcare benefits, while simultaneously claiming jobless benefits. (Must have seemed like a good...

Crossing the Line

Listen to this Story If there is a line between accidental and intentional, the subject of today's ''Fraud of the Day'' definitely crossed it. The SunSentinel reports that a Florida woman was recently sentenced to serve one year of...

Spreading the Wealth

Listen to this Story The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) protects against the loss of deposits made into accounts including checking, savings, money market and certificates of deposit (CDs) up to $250,000 per depositor and per banking institution. (This program, instituted after The Great Depression,...

Read the Fine Print

Listen to this Story It's important to read the fine print before engaging in a transaction that seems too good to be true. (People tend to get really excited about what kind of deal they're going to get...

Soap Opera

Listen to this Story Soap operas are famous for making viewers expect the unexpected. Dead people come back to life, characters discover they have parented a child they did not know about and people are miraculously cured of mysterious...

Pot ‘O Gold

Listen to this Story Everyone dreams of a windfall at some point in life. (Who wouldn't like to win the lottery or inherit millions of dollars from a distant relative?) An article published by The Tampa Tribune tells about...

Putting the Brakes on Fraud

Listen to this Story Once a train starts rolling, momentum makes it hard to stop. Similarly, once a fraudster becomes successful at skimming undeserved benefits, it's also hard to put on the brakes. (The desire for more begets the...
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