Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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...

Taking Advantage of Granny

It's common to hear about fraudsters who take advantage of deceased family members to collect government benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of the Inspector General reports that in 2015, 529 deceased payee fraud cases were closed and 210 payee fraud cases led...

School of Hard Knocks

If you want to lose the respect of your peers, steal their personal information and use it to apply for student loans you don't deserve. That's what today's fraudster did to fund her doctorate degree. A 64-year-old retired high school teacher stole and used the...

Relationship Troubles

There are countless stories of how ex-spouses seek revenge for grievances they have against each other. Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' involves an interesting twist on marital revenge. A Brooklyn woman allegedly assumed the identity of her husband's original wife and bilked the government...

5 Technology Trends Agencies Use to Combat Tax Refund Identity Fraud

Deborah Smith, MBA, LexisNexis Risk Solutions Former Executive Director, Personal and Business Taxes, Ohio Department of Taxation Thanks to advances in technology, tax return preparation and submission doesn't have to be the chore it once was. The process of filling out complex tax forms has been...

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...

Terminal Fraudster

Being diagnosed with a terminal illness is a very sobering event, and not one to be taken lightly. The woman at the center of today's ''Fraud of the Day'' faked a terminal illness and used it to delay reporting to prison for a federal...

5 Tips for Protecting Yourself from Tax Refund Identity Fraud

  The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) states that 85 percent or more than 125 million American taxpayers file their taxes electronically. As we learned in yesterday's blog, the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax filing industry use technically advanced solutions to...

X-Rated Fraud

Greed can make a person do some shocking things. Today 's "Fraud of the Day" spotlight shines on an Arkansas man who operated a strip club and brothel out of his home while receiving Social Security disability benefits. The X-rated fraud scheme operated out of...

Taxes Two-Step

Listen to this Story When it comes to taxes, don't mess with Texas—or Virginia, as it turns out. An article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch tells the story of a tax professional who filed fraudulent refund claims while managing the Northern Virginia office of a tax...
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