Thursday, September 20, 2018

A Spike in Fraud

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service, the trafficking rate for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has dropped dramatically over the past twenty years due to technology which is used to track and control abuse of the former food...

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...

Unemployment Fraud Abounds

Is anyone else tired of hearing about how people continue to try and steal money from others? Did no one go to elementary school in this country? Treat others the way you'd like to be treated, people! According to The Patriot...

Five Sent to Prison for $500,000 Food Stamp Fraud at the General Store

The Grand Rapids Press recently reported James Taylor of Lansing, Michigan received a sentence of more than 15 years in federal prison for his part in a $500,000 food-stamp scheme. (And this is a program that claims to have ONLY one percent of fraud?) The...

No Job? No Problem!

Most unemployment fraud stories are simple: the fraudsters say they aren't working while they really are. Boom, done. But no no, the fraud is getting more complicated, as we'll see in today's Fraud of the Day from the Sentinel-standard.com. The article reports...

Unfair Welfare

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just can't escape where you come from. You have to feel for the people from towns like Boring, Oregon or Hooker, Oklahoma. Places like that just come with a set of expectations. Take the woman...

Making Excuses

In the criminal defense world, authorities hear all kinds of excuses for illegal behavior such as insanity, mental instability, drunkenness, duress, provocation, self defense or entrapment. In the world of food stamp fraud, a unique excuse was recently made by the owner of...

Second Chances Don’t Come Often

The United States correctional system is founded upon a principle that its name should give away—reforming those who have committed crimes into honest members of society; and that is why we should hope for a rare story of redemption in today's all-too-common story of...

Confirming Suspicions

Massachusetts is reaping the rewards of taking steps to crack down on fraud, waste and abuse within the commonwealth's food benefit program. A story in The Boston Globe states that the success rate has increased due to quadrupling the number of investigators assigned...

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...
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