Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Root of the Problem

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Auburn man admits stealing $83K in workers’ comp benefits” posted on auburnpub.com. An Auburn man admitted to stealing more than $83,000 in workers' compensation benefits and not providing employees at his logging company with workers' compensation insurance coverage.

The Relationship Between Drugs and Crime

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) states that 80 percent of prison inmates are drug or alcohol abusers. Additionally, 60 percent of individuals arrested for most types of crimes test positive for illicit drugs when arrested. The New York man in today...

Oh, Brother!

Twins are known for having fun with creating confusion for those who can't tell them apart. They can dress and act alike, fooling friends, teachers and even dates. A man at the center of today 's "Fraud of the Day" used his twin brother...

Something Smells Fishy

Fish is smelly by nature. (There are a variety of words that could be used to explain the particular aroma, but pleasant would not be one of them.) An upstate New York fish market owner tried to hide a food stamp scam behind his...

Three-Ring Circus

Three-ring circuses are famous for having multiple performing acts going on at the same time. Similarly, a healthcare clinic manager ran a Medicaid and Medicare fraud ring at three clinics across New York City. Just as it can be hard to focus in on...

Zero Sum Fraud

Committing welfare fraud in a county that operates a ''Zero Tolerance'' Anti-Fraud, Waste and Abuse Program is clearly a zero sum game. Such is the case with an upstate New York couple who were nabbed by the Ulster County District Attorney in 2014 for...

New Life, New Problems

A person lacking legal status is vulnerable to a wide range of abusive behavior, including fraud. Imagine making the discovery that a person, whom you'd believed to be a police officer offering assistance with your green card, is actually a con artist? A press...

Living Large

Twitter is one of the fastest growing ways that people communicate. It is considered a micro-social media platform due to its 160 character limit, but it can provide macro benefits in investigations for law enforcement. In my experience,...

Bad Hair Day

Supposedly, a ''bad hair day'' can determine how your day goes. (If you feel like every hair is in place, your confidence is automatically boosted; however, if it's rainy outside and your coiffure tends to frizz, you may need to hide your hairdo under...

It All Adds Up

New York state law requires employers to maintain Workers' Compensation insurance coverage for their employees. While receiving benefits, employees are also expected to tell the truth about their work activity, or lack thereof, to insurance carriers and the Workers' Compensation Board. (Sounds easy enough...
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