Friday, February 23, 2018

Modus Operandi

Fraudsters consider lying to be an important part of their modus operandi. (It's just part of the job description.) A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) press release tells about a Louisiana doctor who scammed Medicare out of millions of dollars by lying about the...

A Public Housing Fraudster Moves to the Big House

Everyone needs a roof over their heads. But times are tough and making the monthly rent payment is hard for some families. That's where Section 8 public housing assistance comes in. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides federal funding to...

I’d like a Refund

I'm sure you've had to make a return at a store before; regardless of the store and/or item(s), it's usually a time consuming irritant. Options like pre-labeled shipping for returns when shopping online have made the ease of returning items just that, easy. The...

Divisive Fraud

If you had to list one thing that fraudsters are usually good at, it would be divisiveness. (They usually come up with a deceptive plan to defraud that benefits them, but causes a lot of problems for their victims.) An article published in The...

It All Adds Up

It's easy to think that the fraudulent heist of a few thousand dollars in government benefits is not a big deal. But, when there are thousands of people capitalizing on benefits they don't deserve, it all adds up to more than you think. An...

Maine Couple Gets Caught Gaming the Social Services System

A Maine couple was recently sentenced in federal court to five years of probation and ordered to pay restitution the federal government for fraudulently receiving more than $119,000 in social services benefits, according to a story from the Bangor Daily News. The couple, William and...

Entitled

The federal government has a number of entitlement programs that provide beneficiaries with funds for which they qualify. It has been argued that people who take advantage of these programs by stealing benefits they are not entitled to receive are part of an...

You Can’t Take It with You

The Social Security Administration has specific policies regarding the notification of a beneficiary's death. Normally, a family member, Electronic Death Registration report, death certificate, confirmation by statement from a funeral director or other third party report is sufficient to declare the beneficiary deceased. (The...

Housing Authority Puts 2 and 2 Together

Cars are becoming kryptonite for fraudsters. Just like last week's fraud on the ''blind'' man who was caught on videotape driving on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway, this story from the Associated Press showcases yet another automotive blooper. Housing Authorities in Worcester, Mass. are...

Thrown Under the Bus

People who don't like to take responsibility for their actions often throw others under the bus, so to speak, to avoid punishment. In today's ''Fraud of the Day,'' a judge chastised a defendant for blaming her million dollar Medicaid fraud scheme on her employees....
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