Friday, December 15, 2017

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...

Accidental Lying

Accidents can happen anywhere, anytime. A construction worker can fall from scaffolding and break his leg. An office manager might pick up a heavy box and throw out her back. Any number of unfortunate events can occur, preventing a person from working temporarily or...

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...

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....

When in Doubt, Fraud it Out

Do you ever get that feeling like you shouldn't have to do something? Sometimes there's just no explanation for why you shouldn't have to do it – sometimes you just feel like you should be able to play by a different set of rules....

From Destitute in Diamonds to Dawning Detention Gear

I've been writing Fraud of the Day for over a year now – long enough to have chronicled a case about a jet-setting, millionaire couple accused of welfare fraud from the beginning of the investigation to the guilty plea. So, it only seems appropriate...

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...

Clean Up On Aisle Fraud

Imagine walking through the grocery store, your cart tracking through a puddle of spilled milk. Over the loud speaker you hear, ''Clean up, aisle four.'' Tracking milk on your cart's wobbly tires, you easily escape the mess and are back to crossing things off...

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...

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...
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