Saturday, February 24, 2018

Pointing the Finger at Fraud

Human fingerprints have been used to positively identify criminals for centuries. The failsafe method proved useful again when fingerprints were recently used to positively identify a fraudster from Idaho who tried to commit passport fraud. According to the U.S. Marshals Service, fingerprints are an infallible...

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...

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...

Pointing the Finger

An article in the Post-Tribune reports that an Illinois couple purportedly used government funding to purchase a restaurant and when caught by authorities, tried to pin the blame on the former owners. (Have you heard the saying that when you point the finger at...

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...

Illinois Man Collects Unemployment Insurance Benefits While Earning Paycheck

Today's Fraud of the Day describes the case of an Alton, Illinois man, who was sentenced to five years of probation for defrauding the unemployment insurance program. (He got off easy if you ask me.) Unemployment insurance fraud happens when someone makes a false...

‘Going Halfsies”

Remember your early years of work? Your student loans might have kicked in, and your paycheck was smaller than you hoped. You and your friends probably split the bill at lunch or dinner. A whole new generation refers to the act of splitting the...

A Liar Uncovered

If you're going to lie about something, it's in your best interest to (a) make a ''good'' lie, (b) put that lie into action in a discrete manner and (c) make sure you aren't so blatantly obvious to outside parties that you are trying...

Committing Crime while Doing Time

Sometimes people just don't learn from their mistakes – or their punishment. While most inmates don't necessarily take the time we wish they would to reflect upon what they've done and think of ways they can change, they may learn a bit about what's...

Looking for a Brilliant Idea

When the word ''brilliant'' comes to mind, other synonyms such as clever, intelligent, talented, wise and smart often follow. These are usually not terms associated with criminals. (Words like deplorable, illegal, villain and crooked seem more appropriate.) According to an article in the Chicago...
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