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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.

Confined by Fraud

The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to disabled adults and children with limited income and resources. But there are a few things that applicants must reveal when filling out the form to qualify for benefits. A Malden, Massachusetts woman left...

Part of the Solution

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General press release entitled, “Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to $234,000 Government Theft.” A Patrick County, Virginia man, who stole more than $230,000 from the Social Security Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services in disability benefits to which he was not entitled, pleaded guilty in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Danville.

Half Full or Half Empty?

When asked if a glass is half empty or half full, there can be two answers to the question. Pessimists tend to see the glass half empty, while optimists see it 50 percent full. When applying that reasoning to half-truths, you get something a...

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...

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.

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 Place Like Home

I find a bit of truth in the statement? ''There is no place like home.'? There is an inherent sense of comfort associated with your home; whether it's the familiar smell or just a comfy couch. For some, the idea of home is broken;...

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...

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...
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