Saturday, February 24, 2018

Destitute in Diamonds

While it has been said that diamonds are a girl's best friend, one Seattle resident may insist that it's welfare instead – at least according to today's Fraud of the Day from KATU.com. You'll remember the case; I wrote a commentary on it when the...

Robbed by Fraud

Working as a nanny can be rewarding as well as very tiring. As a surrogate parent, nannies usually have to perform physical duties such as laundry, cooking, cleaning, picking up toys and kids, and driving them and their sports equipment around to a long...

Full of Surprises

Life can be full of surprises. A former corrections officer, who was deemed a contributing member of society, made a bad decision and surprised the judge who delivered his sentence for carrying out six figures worth of worker's compensation fraud. The 44-year-old man qualified for...

There Was a Crooked Man…

Chiropractors are supposed to be master manipulators—of the human spine, that is. But a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia, details the scheme of a chiropractor who manipulated the D.C. Medicaid program out of more than $50,000 with fraudulent...

A Tale of Two (SNAP) Frauds

What drives people to commit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) fraud? I'm sure lots of factors come into play. Maybe it is a crime of opportunity. It could be just about greed. Or...maybe it is even just for kicks. In some cases, we may...

Learning a Lesson in Fraud

Take your seats, students. Today's lesson will be in fraud – unemployment fraud to be specific. Now the concept is actually quite simple? to commit unemployment fraud, simply receive unemployment benefits while being employed. Any questions? While the concept may seem easy to understand, one...

Government Agencies: Beat the Fraudsters at Their Own Game

Americans have always been known for their industriousness and creative spirit. The early to mid 1900s saw a boom of immigrant laborers through America's gates, and with those hardy individuals, neighborhoods and businesses consisting of new and different cultures flourished. It wasn't...

In the Business of Food (Stamps)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, exists for one reason? to help those in need afford the ever-rising price of groceries. And who needs help affording groceries more than grocery stores themselves? At least that was the theory behind...

Balancing Act

Balancing acts are one of the primary reasons people of all ages enjoy going to the circus. (Who doesn't like the excitement of watching a performer walk across a tightly strung wire rope while carrying someone on his shoulders and juggling under the big...

A Stand-Out Effort

I like to commend individuals when they go above and beyond to put additional effort toward a task. There is a certain joy in watching the hard work of another turn into success, especially when we are talking about fighting fraud. I get that...
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