Friday, September 21, 2018

Risky Business

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) exists to protect vulnerable children who are at risk for being neglected or abused. The state agency provides permanent families for children who cannot safely return home; supports early intervention and child abuse prevention activities;...

No Free Rides

Medicaid pays for non-emergency ambulance transportation costs as long as a doctor provides a statement justifying the need for the service. (Medicaid beneficiaries are eligible for this service if they don't have a working vehicle or a driver's license; have a mental or physical...

Dimming the Lights

Children are beacons of light and hope for the world. Most parents want their children to have a bright future and will go to great efforts to provide the best educational opportunities available. However, not everyone can afford to send their children...

A ‘Cozy’ Crime

Some employers put entirely unreasonable expectations on their staffs. A recent report by The State Journal-Register details such a case, in which a café owner looking to fudge his business tax numbers coerced his employees into registering the restaurant under their own names. (Exploiting...

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...

Chicago Man Helped Ineligible Claimants Collect Unemployment Benefits

Stealing government benefits seems to be a recurring theme among prisoners. With so many different types of assistance available, fraudsters think their little schemes can easily go unnoticed – that is until one of your cohorts starts cooperating with the police. Today's Fraud of...

Bad Credit

Unless you have a large stash of cash at your disposal, you have to borrow money to buy things you need or want. Large ticket items, like a new house or automobile usually require a loan from a financial institution. (Or you could try...

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...

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...

Let’s Play Count the Crimes

Humans count. It's our basic nature to categorize through number. For instance, we may count to rate things? ''How good is this idea on a scale of 1 to 10?'? If we are not rating, perhaps we are counting to keep track of things?...
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