Friday, September 21, 2018

Online Benefits

There are many advantages to online shopping. With a click of a button, traffic, long lines and big crowds at the mall disappear and a desired item is on its way to your house. Hard-to-find treasures can be discovered through online marketplaces...

Deep Hole

There are a variety of ways Social Security fraud can be committed, but perhaps the most egregious falls under the term, deceased payee fraud. This type of fraud occurs when the death of a loved one is not reported so that the deceased person's...

Wisdom Doesn’t Always Come with Age

If you are responsible for someone's financial affairs and they die, it's very important that you report their death to the Social Security Administration. If you don't, and their benefits continue to be deposited into a jointly held bank account, you could get into...

Fair Game

Higher education degrees are expensive. Thankfully, federal student loans make the dream possible for many, but to date, there are more than 44 million student loan borrowers with about $1.3 trillion in debt. Some of that debt is due to criminals who have fraudulently...

Seattle Woman Living in Million Dollar Home Suspected of Receiving Welfare

When you hear about someone living on welfare, you don't expect to find out that she lives in a million dollar home – especially if the welfare she is receiving includes housing assistance. But that's allegedly what happened here according to a recent blog...

Violation of Trust

When a patient pays a visit to the doctor, they trust they will receive a correct diagnosis and a solution that will make them feel better. (Patients do not expect to be used by their physicians as pawns to steal money from their medical...

Ziggies Bad Zag

The idiom regarding ''zigging when one should have zagged'' refers to doing one thing, when something else should have been done. (It usually means that bad choices lead to unfortunate results.) An entrepreneur who owned a restaurant chain named ''Ziggies'' got into trouble when...

High Flying Fraud

Fraudsters often are apprehended for one reason, then investigators delve a little deeper to find out more than they anticipated. (It's kind of like peeling back the layers of an onion. The deeper you go, the smellier it gets.) A man who was originally...

A Bad Seed

There are multiple reasons for pruning. In general, it helps the plant, and its foliage to become stronger and healthier. Today 's fraudster, who worked for a tree and landscape company, had already been "pruned" once for a prior workers' compensation conviction. (Unfortunately, the...

Decades of Lying

One way that criminals defraud the Social Security Administration (SSA) is by failing to notify the agency about the death of a beneficiary, then they continue to receive and cash the checks of their deceased loved one. Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' spotlights two...
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