Thursday, December 14, 2017

Turning Property Fraud Cases into Newly Found Revenue for Your Jurisdiction

State and local governments depend on revenue from property tax collection to provide many vital community services such as education, public works, public safety and social services. While most citizens are responsible and pay their taxes, there are others who don’t pay their fair share. When fraudsters evade tax and revenue departments by inaccurately reporting property values or usage, not filing taxes or engaging in other fraudulent activities, the result causes lost revenue and back taxes totaling millions of dollars.

Reversal of Fortune

Some nine million members and veterans of the nation’s military services receive medical coverage from a U.S. government program called TRICARE. It’s a system built on trust — making it an easy mark for seasoned South Florida pharmacist Serge Francois, prosecutors say. Francois, 51, stood trial over the past month on charges of fleecing tens of millions from the taxpayer-funded military program to buy the former Broward County mansion of Hollywood megastar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The Nerve of Them

Fraudsters have some nerve to think that they can steal from government health care programs and get away with it. A Detroit-area doctor and owner of a medical billing company were quite confident in their abilities to steal $28 million from Medicare, but fortunately...

Collecting Fraud

People collect all sorts of memorabilia including stamps, comic books, stuffed animals, coins and baseball cards to name just a few. Usually, collectors spend their own money to add something new to their prized collection, but a neurologist from Michigan spent nearly $2 million...

A Bad Dream Come True

The road to becoming a naturalized citizen is not easy. The U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has well-defined steps that spell out how to lawfully become a U.S. citizen. (For some immigrants, it can take years, a good immigration lawyer, and a lot...

Neighborhood Fraudster

How well do you know your neighbors? While many of us may socialize with the folks who live on our street on a regular basis, that doesn't mean we know who they really are. An Ohio man, who considered himself to be the neighborhood...

Fraudsters Need Not Apply

With the assistance of four co-conspirators, a married couple from India thought they could scam the government by applying for more than $20 million in illegal immigration benefits under the H-1B visa program, but their plan was exposed and now they are looking at...

SNAP Fraud Hurts Those Most in Need

The federal government's SNAP program—what many people still refer to as "food stamps"—is a vital program that ensures millions of Americans have enough to eat. Unfortunately, as most of us know all too well, scammers and fraud thieves have zero morals when it comes...

Should Have Known Better

Sometimes, people are oblivious that they are doing something wrong. Then, there are folks who know what they are doing is wrong, and continue to do it anyway. The latter is the case for an Ohio woman and her son who ran two home...

Knowledge is Power. Protect Your Personal and Financial Information.

In this day and age, tax fraud and identity theft is a business. Unfortunately, there are people that make a career out of defrauding hard-working citizens that truly want to be tax compliant. These predators take advantage of unsuspecting taxpayers by preying on their...
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