Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Beware of the Heedless Horoscope

The Battle Creek Enquirer has the otherworldly story of a superstitious Michigan CEO, who is now serving prison time for using half a million dollars in company money to finance a phony psychic. A recent report details how the man, after twenty five years at...

The House Always Wins

Listen to this Story Sometimes when you roll the dice to commit a crime, you get snake eyes. Today's fraudster got a bad roll when she tried to get away with stealing $117,524 from multiple government benefits programs. (She...

Doubling Down on Fraud

Listen to this Story You can't collect unemployment benefits if you are working. You also can't collect unemployment benefits if you're in prison. (Although many incarcerated people have jobs or roles in prison, they are unquestionably not available for...

Keep Your Mouth Shut

Listen to this Story Overconfidence can sometimes result in boasting. (Fraudsters sometimes just can't help themselves when it comes to bragging about their crime.) An article posted on StarTribune.com reveals the story of how a prideful restaurant owner's exaggerated...

Under False Pretenses

When criminals commit fraud, they do it under false pretenses. (They are lying about who they are or what they are doing in order to gain what they do not deserve.) A story posted on CorrectionsOne.com tells about a man who failed to disclose...

The Sobering Effect of Fraud

Sober living environments (SLEs) – often referred to as halfway houses – are interim facilities where people recovering from substance abuse can work on returning to their former lives. An article published by The Boston Globe follows the story of a doctor who paid...

Posthumous Fraud

Some awards are given posthumously. For example, the prestigious Medal of Honor recognizes soldiers who went above and beyond the call of duty while serving their country. Since many of the recipients died during their acts of valor, the medal is often awarded posthumously...

Recruiting for Fraud

Most of the time, fraudsters can't complete a scam without the help of co-conspirators. An article posted on MassLive.com tells about a criminal who assisted with recruiting couriers to help carry out a scam that laundered $110,000 worth of Social Security benefits and Internal...

Adding Insult to Injury

Things can always go from bad to worse. An article published in the Telegram & Gazette confirms this idiom by telling the story of a Worcester woman accused of stealing the identity of her boyfriend's ex-wife and fraudulently using it to obtain disability benefits....

Free Ride

It is estimated that Medicaid fraud costs American taxpayers approximately $80 billion per year. A portion of that tab can be traced to fraudulent ambulance transport providers, who are supposed to provide a ride to qualified beneficiaries requiring medical services. An article...
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