Monday, August 20, 2018

Dead Federal Retirees Paid $120 Million Yearly, Report Says

The Federal Eye Washington Post Blog article documents one dramatic case where a deceased annuitant's son continued to receive federal benefits until 2008 – 37 years after his father's death. O'Keefe blogs: ''Office of Personnel Management (OPM) learned of the improper payments...

A Fraud Duffer

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Golfing leads to workers comp fraud conviction” published by Business Insurance. A Montana man who was videotaped lifting furniture and playing golf while collecting workers compensation benefits pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal theft and will have to pay back nearly $27,500.

Fraudsters Go Unprosecuted, Costing Taxpayers Millions

All this talk about cutting budgets, but what about cutting the fraud? Let's take the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) aka food stamps, as an example. The Washington Examiner recently reported the findings of the Heritage Foundation, which notes that for cases in 2011,...

Sleight of Hand

The term ''sleight of hand'' refers to someone who quickly and cleverly moves their hands in such a manner that tricks someone into believing something happened when it really didn't. A Montana Department of Justice press release describes how a business owner used the...

It’s a Numbers Game

Do you excel more in word-oriented games, or number-related games? Or, maybe you're good at both; although, I'm willingly to bet most people are better at one than the other. For fraudsters, the game is all about numbers – from how many false forms...

Flying Under the Radar

Elizabeth Jones Powell pleaded guilty in to federal charges of health care fraud and tax evasion. After her prison term, she will be on supervised release for three years. She will also have to pay back more than $450,000 in fraudulent Medicaid claims and unpaid taxes.

Flying High on Disability Fraud

Millions of people qualify for and receive disability assistance from the Social Security Administration (SSA) for physical or mental conditions that prevent them from working. While many who suffer from disabilities hold legitimate jobs, there are other scoundrels who collect disability benefits and fail...

Cheating the System

Cheating – an act to purposely deceive or mislead someone for personal advantage – can have serious consequences. For instance, cheating on a test can cause a student to be expelled from school. Cheating on a spouse can lead to divorce. Cheating the government...

Bluffing in Butte

The city of Butte, Montana was named after a nearby peak, Big Butte, which was referred to as “the richest hill on earth.” (Rich mineral deposits – like gold – attracted settlers to the area in the late 1800’s.) According to today’s fraud article,...

Janitor with a Dirty Record

Workers' compensation insurance helps workers pay medical and living expenses in the event they become injured on the job and can no longer work. (It's important to note that the injury must be accidental – not intentional – in order to qualify for compensation.)...
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