Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Bar Fight + Stolen Wallet = Over 30 Years of Identity Fraud

Today's fraud begins in 1977. That year a gallon of gas cost 65 cents, ''Star Wars'' opened in theaters across the country, the first Apple II computers went on sale and a 25-hour black out occurred in New York City. And, according to a...

Seattle Woman Gets 34 Months in Federal Prison for Food Stamp Fraud

A Seattle woman, who ran a Food Stamp fraud scheme from the sidewalk of Seattle's International District, was sentenced to34 months in prison and ordered to pay $200,000 when a jury found her guilty of three counts of wire fraud and nine counts of...

Someone Call a Doctor…and a Lawyer

There's always one sentence you cringe to hear? ''Someone call a doctor!'? Can you imagine that sentenced coupled with? ''...and a lawyer!'? A plethora of horrid situations come to mind when someone utters those pleas. According to a Robesonian article a Medicaid fraudster seemed...

Fraudulent Friends

Fraud is easier if there is someone on the inside that can help perpetuate a crime. An article published in the Suffolk News-Herald tells about a husband and wife team who got a little help from a Medicaid insider. Their fraudulent friend helped the...

A Need for Respite

Everyone needs a break at some point, especially primary caregivers of people who cannot care for themselves. This duty often falls on the shoulders of family members, who can become exhausted by their efforts. When some periodic relief is needed, a home...

Checks and Balances

Fraud can be tough to identify, unless there are checks and balances employed to catch perpetrators. An article published in The Virginian-Pilot details how a check cashing business uncovered a tax fraud scheme that netted more than $2 million in fraudulent income tax refunds. The...

Federal Inspectors Knew Woman Living in $1.2M Home Received Housing Assistance

Today's fraud is a follow up from my comments on a story I posted last week about the Seattle, WA woman who lived in million dollar home and allegedly collected public housing assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. KGW.com reports that federal housing...

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...

Brazen

Fraudsters are generally deceitful when pulling off a scam. (They will do whatever it takes to throw investigators off their trail.)In an article published by The Free Lance-Star, a woman was brazen in her attempt to gain $28,500 from her county's Social Services department....

A Matter of Status

When applying for government benefits, it's important to be honest about your status. (The government doesn't take kindly to lying.) An article published in The Virginia Gazette tells about how a woman was able to collect Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits by lying on...
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