Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Student Loan Fraud Co-Conspirators Fail Ethics Test

Student loan fraud was a lucrative business for a Pinellas County man and his co-conspirator, until they were caught cheating the U.S. Department of Education out of more than $460,000 in fraudulent student aid. The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports that the president of...

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...

Calling on Fraud

Insider fraud at call centers is becoming a common problem. Can you imagine the wealth of personal information available to lurking fraudsters? (All it takes is one deceptive person with the right access credentials, and voila! You have a scam and a bunch of...

A Little Bit Goes a Long Way

It's amazing what criminals can do with just a few bits of incomplete personal data. According to an article published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, a little bit of information went a long way towards one fraudster gaining $52,000 in student loan funds he...

Housing Authority Board Member Commits Fraud (on the Housing Authority)

Working on the board of the Housing Authority comes with benefits – you have an opportunity to help those who need it most, a chance to do some good for the community, and the promise of making a difference. And that's exactly the kind...

Sun, Sand and Tax Refund Fraud

Miami, Florida – the city of beautiful people, beaches, night-life and the occasional tax fraud scheme. While most individuals visiting or living in Miami spend their time enjoying the city's vibrant culture, two Florida natives allegedly found themselves skipping out on authentic Cuban food...

Grocery List

Do you make a grocery list before you head to the store? What's your sorting method? Perhaps you like to hit the produce section first, make your way to the chips aisle and finish up in dairy and meat. Everyone has their method; fraudsters,...

With This Ring, I Thee Commit Fraud

Weddings can be expensive. There's the dress to consider, the rental fee for the most beautiful facility available and don't forget the cost for the reception. (Thousands of dollars later, elopement doesn't sounds like a bad idea.) Perhaps the subject of today's ''Fraud of...

Fraud, Fraud and More Fraud

The news of an oil spill is never pleasant. The damage inflicted by the spill on the livelihoods of people in the community and on the environment has the potential to be life changing. And, while we may dislike the inevitable increase in the...

Cash, Check or Food Stamps

'Operation Meal Ticket'' includes a 21 oz. beverage, French fries, and a gender-neutral toy. Oh, and 53 individuals facing fraud and/or drug charges related to misuse of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBTs) cards. Okay, that's a little of a play on words, but...
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