Thursday, September 20, 2018

Shortcut to Jail

It's ok to take a shortcut if you're running behind on time and need to get to a destination quickly. It's not ok to take a shortcut to circumvent U.S. immigration law. (Chances are if you disobey the government's system for legal entry and...

Seven Charged in Multi-Million Dollar Food Stamp Fraud Case

Just imagine this scenario? you're down on your luck, and you're really low on cash; you don't even have enough money to buy food without the help of the government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. Then, someone offers you...

Mental Anguish

It’s deplorable when a mental health services business takes advantage of vulnerable patients to make a profit. That’s exactly what happened in today’s “Fraud of the Day” case which involves the co-owners of a Henry County, Georgia mental health services business. They committed Medicaid...

Fake It ‘Til You Make It

A family who owned and operated a counseling business in Georgia successfully faked a vast amount of documents, then submitted them to Medicaid. Their fraudulent efforts paid off initially and they received more than $3 million from the government health care benefits program. (However,...

Adjusting to Fraud

Children like pretend play. They can be whomever they like including warriors, princesses, veterinarians or even grocery store clerks. (I doubt many kids pretend to be a fraudster.) At some point, they grow out of that stage and move on to reality. ...

Phony Baloney

The federally funded Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program provides healthy foods, health care referrals and nutrition education to at-risk low-income pregnant and postpartum women and infants and children up to age five. Eligible beneficiaries receive food vouchers that can be exchanged for nutritious...

Jack Pot

Have you ever dreamed of winning the lottery? Perhaps you'd use the proceeds to buy a nice vacation property, your own private island or maybe you could set up a charity or pay off a big loan. An article in The Augusta Chronicle covers...

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...

The Sting of Fraud

No one likes to be stung – whether by a bee, a bad belly flop into a swimming pool or by undercover government agents. (It's just not comfortable.) Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' from the Gwinnett Daily Post follows the story of a Georgia...

Robbing from the Rich to Give to the Poor? Not quite.

The idea of stealing was popularized in English literature by a character known for robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. While it's a romantic notion, stealing is still a crime. According to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, one market owner made it...
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