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Not a Peep

DORIS S. PITCHER, age 66, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge James J. Brady to theft of government funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641. As a result of her conviction, PITCHER faces a potential prison term of up to ten years as well as restitution.

The Buck Stops Here

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Ex-HARC boss Richard Lilliston gets five years for role in diverting Social Security from disabled clients” published by the Tampa Bay Times. Richard Lilliston used to be admired. Now, old friends shun him.

Fraudulently Impaired

Individuals certified as mentally impaired can qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Today’s “Fraud of the Day” takes a look at an Eastern Kentucky lawyer, who conspired with a psychologist and a judge to steal hundreds of millions of dollars in disability benefits from...

Boiling a Frog

When tempted by money, people often find themselves acting in ways that are contrary to their belief system. At first, they may convince themselves that they'll only indulge just a little because after all, they deserve it and no one will notice or be...

A La Carte Punishment

Usually, it is the judicial system 's responsibility to deliver a fair and adequate punishment to prevent a criminal from repeating illegal acts. A New Hampshire man who stole $100,000 from the Social Security Administration (SSA) appears to be calling the shots when it...

Cloudy, With a Chance of Fraud

The Centenarian Project was launched by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 2013 to help combat fraud by examining benefit records of citizens who are 100 years old. Today 's "Fraud of the Day" highlights how this initiative helped to stop a Michigan woman...

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...

Boomerang

A boomerang – a curved flat piece of wood designed to return to the thrower – was once used as a weapon to hunt down dinner or to attack an approaching enemy. A man, who could be described as a human boomerang, had previously...

Stealing from Children

The job of ''representative payee'' for children who receive Social Security benefits comes with much responsibility. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is serious about making sure there is no abuse of the system. Representative payees are supposed to know what the beneficiary's needs are...

Fish Tale in Reverse

A fish tale is usually a story that embellishes something that happens, making it seem much more impressive than the experience really was. Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' is a fish tale in reverse. A Wisconsin man understated his situation to the government in...
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