Thursday, September 20, 2018

To Tell the Truth

For many years, American taxpayers have been concerned that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will not have enough money to pay out benefits at retirement; yet, the agency continues to pay millions of dollars to people who are no longer alive. According to The...

Sharing is Caring

Growing up, you are taught to share. While sharing isn't always easy, it has been stated that? ''sharing is caring.'? But how do fraudsters feel about it? Clearly they aren't ''sharing'' wealth with the government when they are stealing from taxpayer-funded programs. What about...

Daddy’s Girl

There is a special place in a father's heart for a daughter – it is a special bond that only those two can understand. But, could such a bond translate into fraud? According to a Seattle Times article, the passing of a father led...

Backyard of Secrets

Everyone has at least one secret they try to keep private. Maybe you're a terrible cook; you can't stand your brother's kids or still have a collection of baseball cards in storage. If you're a criminal, you're likely hiding more from the world than...

Coping

Throughout life we all encounter difficult situations that require a certain amount of time to cope with said situation. People find many different coping mechanisms. Some prefer physical activity, such as walking/running, some prefer to talk to someone such as a therapist and others...

A Proper Punishment

We have the privilege to live in a democratic country where we've created a justice system to deliver proper punishment when needed. But how do we define ''proper'' punishment? Perhaps we should just flip a coin? heads for five years, tails for 10 years....

Parenting 101

Have you ever attended a parenting class? If so, I'm willing to bet the course left out the chapter on fraud. It's not often that parents choose fraud over children, but when the situation arises, the justice system created some ''best practices,'' as we...

Taking Candy from Babies

Have you ever heard of the saying: ''It's like taking candy from a baby''? The expression explains the ease in taking something from a defenseless entity. What if we changed the expression to say: ''It's like stealing a Social Security number (SSN) from a...

Don’t Pass Go

When was the last time you sat down to play a board game? You know, one of those games that give players the opportunity to buy properties to earn money, while offering ''chance'' cards, such as ''Get out of Jail Free'' and ''Move Forward...

Concrete Confessions

Do you like the expression? ''It's set in stone''? It is great to use when talking about sentencing fraudsters. It is music to my ears to hear: ''The sentencing for fraud is set in stone.'? According to an Amarillo Globe-News article, one...
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