Saturday, February 24, 2018

Government Identity Theft Is Dropping…Or Is It?

When consumers hear about identity theft, their minds may instantly go to their credit cards or their bank accounts. And to be honest, the overwhelming majority of identity theft crimes involve the fraudulent use of someone's financial accounts. But that doesn't mean that the...

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...

Behaving Badly

A former well-respected attorney in Santa Barbara, California behaved badly by not paying his taxes. He used the unpaid taxes to live a lavish lifestyle and to go gambling. The former criminal defense attorney neglected to report that he had earned $3,590,185 to the Internal...

Balancing the Scales

It's no fun to be dizzy—whether the condition is caused by a virus, standing up too quickly or amusement park rides—dizziness causes nausea and no one likes to feel sick and unbalanced. An article in the Houston Chronicle tells about a doctor who used...

Running a Hustle Behind Bars

A report issued earlier this year by the Treasury Department details how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is doing with detecting tax refund fraud. The IRS identified 42,148 fraudulent tax returns with $227 million claimed and prevented the issuance of nearly 80 percent or...

Dialing for Medicare Dollars

Telemarketing calls can be highly annoying, especially when the phone rings during dinner. An article in The Chicago Business Journal tells about the owner of a telemarketing company, who may have annoyed one person too many and got into trouble for dialing for Medicare...

Hypocritical Behavior

When a person's moral standards and behavior don't match up, they could be called a hypocrite. A former police sergeant, who retired from the force due to a shoulder injury, got into trouble for submitting a false Social Security disability claim. (One might say...

Zombies at Work

It is commonly said that the only things we can be certain of in this world are death and taxes. But today's ''Fraud of the Day'' raises a question about the uncertainty of fraudulent tax returns using the stolen identities of the deceased. A...
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