Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out of the U.S.

Does the punishment for falsifying tax documents seem more severe for some than others? There seems to be a debate about what constitutes ''fraud and deceit.'? According to an article by UPI.com, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3, that tax fraud of $10,000 or more...

Can I Get a Lifeline?

Okay...you've heard of tax refund fraud, food stamp fraud and unemployment fraud, but what do you know about phone subsidy fraud? Put simply? it exists and if you're a wireless subscriber, you're paying for it; but now the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking...

Not Playing Fair

Children are often subject to more danger than that of adults – especially when it comes to identity fraud. Fraudsters find it easy to steal Social Security Numbers from children, and it is difficult for the government to catch these schemes because children do...

Inmates Register as Tax Preparers

Many inmates have jobs while serving time in prison. However, we typically imagine inmates in jobs supporting the prison, such as working in the laundry facilities or the kitchen or performing maintenance duties. We probably don't imagine prisoners registering with the Internal Revenue Service...

Obama Targets SNAP Fraud

Picture all of the people in the state capitals of Michigan, Illinois, Connecticut, and Kansas – can you do that? That's Lansing, Springfield, Hartford, and Topeka. Okay, do you have them all in your head? (1,2,3....) Now, picture them hungry. ...

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...

Crackdown on Tax Refund Fraud Catches Prisoners Filing $4.4 Billion in Fraudulent Returns

TIME recently reported that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has ratcheted up its efforts to identify prisoners conducting tax refund fraud. (What a novel approach – checking to see if prisoners are still perpetrating crime.). The article points out that ''the issue of prisoners...

Tax Refund Fraudsters Use SSA’s Death Index to Steal Kids’ Identities

Have you ever heard of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Death Master File? It is the latest tool used by fraudsters to steal identities. According to a report by Scripps Howard News Service, ''Crooks are pocketing fraudulent tax refunds after filing returns with personal...
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