Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Thick as Thieves

The idiom ''thick as thieves'' refers to a group of people who are described as close friends. Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' article tells about three women who were closer than friends – they were sisters who banded together as ''partners in crime.'' The...

Avoiding Scrutiny

If a fraudster wants to avoid scrutiny, it's best not to point a weapon at investigators who show up with a search warrant. A former convenience store owner alerted investigators to his food stamp scam by pointing a gun at federal investigators and police...

A Spike in Fraud

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service, the trafficking rate for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has dropped dramatically over the past twenty years due to technology which is used to track and control abuse of the former food...

Keeping Fraudsters Accountable

Our justice system is committed to catching criminals and punishing them appropriately. It's also big on teaching offenders how to be accountable for their behavior so they don't cycle through the penal system again. An article published by the Lafayette Journal & Courier tells...

Second Chances Don’t Come Often

The United States correctional system is founded upon a principle that its name should give away—reforming those who have committed crimes into honest members of society; and that is why we should hope for a rare story of redemption in today's all-too-common story of...

SNAP! And it’s gone.

It's mind blowing that crooks can steal so much money through a program created to help people with so little. This is yet another case of food stamps fraud, as reported by Valley News Live. Two owners of a neighborhood grocery store in Fargo, North...

Just when you think you’ve pulled a fast one…SNAP!

It can be surprising to realize how easily multiple small thefts can add up. The Indianapolis Star Tribune details how an all-women crime ring in Indiana stole more than $100,000 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The connecting factor in the scheme was a...

Trafficking Stop

There is a serious black market for food stamps, and the government is even more serious about cracking down on food stamp trafficking. Cleveland.com has the story of a father-and-son team in Ohio, who illegally netted almost a million dollars by trading food stamps...

Just Desserts in the Desert

While we publish yet another case of foolish fraudsters, let's take a moment to applaud the tipsters who turn them in. A press release published by the Arizona Attorney General's office details how a married couple's fraudulent use of food stamps was uncovered after...

The Convict That Rocks the Cradle

Being a parent is stressful enough; imagine finding out that you unwittingly left your kids in the care of a federal convict? Philly.com has the story of a middle-aged Philadelphia man who failed to include evidence of his criminal record when he applied for...
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