Monday, October 16, 2017

Indiana’s Identity Protection Program – the Secret for Success

As the 2016 individual tax season begins, we must be ever vigilant in protecting that most sensitive of information – taxpayers' PII. As a 2014 Pew Research Center study clearly demonstrates, Americans have real concerns about the institutional security of their personal information. As...

When the Fraud Hits the Fan

Listen to this Story Today's fraud is a real doozy. The Alton Telegraph reported in a story on October 15 that a woman from Brighton, Ill., who offered her services as a personal assistant and nurse to elderly Medicaid...

The Dangling Carrot

Listen to this Story There are lots of ways to motivate action. Incentives, such as cash or luxury items, can definitely encourage people to perform better. (Dangling an expensive ''carrot'' in front of some people can motivate them to...

Not for Sissies

Growing old is not for sissies. Not only do the aches and pain increase as you age, but so do the number of criminals who seek to target the elderly. An article published by the Chicago Sun-Times tells about a suburban Chicago psychologist who...

Not Genuine

Genuine is not usually a characteristic you could use to describe fraudsters; however, an article published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tells about two brothers who were genuine in their attempts to commit food stamp fraud through the East St. Louis market they owned...

Do the Math

We'd all be more productive if we only had more hours in a day. (Think about this – one extra hour a day would tack on more than 15 additional days to your year. Sounds like time for a nice vacation to me.) An...

Home Alone

Unless you have a clone, it is pretty hard to be in two places at once. However, an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a man was able to defraud an Illinois health care program by submitting false bills while serving time...

Down the Drain

Each year, the government grants are awarded to help support a variety of programs, fund scientific research and studies and promote cultural enrichment. Grants stipulate that the recipients must be good stewards of the funds received and use them for their intended purpose, not...

Money Talks

Many people have strong principles and would never dream of compromising their values when presented with an opportunity to make a lot of money through fraudulent means. Then there are others who would leap at the opportunity to make a quick buck or a...

Fraud Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle is known for swallowing up a number of aircraft and ships, which have disappeared over the years without a trace. (Can you hear the creepy music playing?) A story in the Post-Tribune details the instance of a ''fraud triangle'' purportedly existing...
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