Monday, November 30, 2020

Apparently, You’re Unemployed

  When you think of all the things that identity theft fraud can impact, credit card spending sprees, bogus tax return refunds, and illegally-acquired student and auto loans come to mind. One thing that doesn’t get mentioned a lot is the link between identity theft...

Backlash

Fraud sometimes causes adverse reactions from those it victimizes. The State of California’s Workers’ Compensation program couldn’t take the numerous instances of fraud against the program anymore and retaliated with “Operation Backlash.”  Today’s fraudster, a Beverly Hills radiologist, was one of the many perpetrators...

Spineless

“Spineless” is a term that could be used to describe today’s fraudster, who was the owner of a Long Beach, California hospital. He used seven accomplices to do his dirty work in a massive $600 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme involving fraudulent bills submitted...

Milking the System

Dairy farming was previously done on a small scale by farmers who rose before the sun to trudge to the barn where they milked their cows by hand. The milking process, which happens several times a day, became much easier once the milking machine...

What a Dumbbell

 One would think that someone with a back injury receiving workers’ compensation benefits would be smart enough not to go to the gym and lift heavy weights. A former Sheriff’s deputy from San Diego, California, who claimed he was unable to work due to...

Lots of Red Flags

Red flags are anything that stands out from the ordinary. (They usually signify that something is amiss.) Today’s fraud spotlight shines on a man, who worked for a Perris, California based company. After experiencing a work-related injury, he was declared permanently disabled. But a...

Smile, You’ve Just Been Busted for Fraud

It’s amusing to see the mug shots of people who have been caught in a crime. They are all smiles, like they are proud of their illegal deeds. (They tend to look a little different after their sentence is handed down though.) A former...

Pulling the Wool Over Your Eyes

Judges during the early history of the United States used to wear powdered wigs made of wool, mirroring their counterparts in British courts. When an unscrupulous individual was said to be “pulling the wool over someone’s eyes” in court, it meant that they were...

Trust, But Verify

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a press release entitled, “Salinas woman guilty of welfare fraud,” published by The Californian. A Salinas woman defrauded $3,811 from the Monterey County Department of Social Services by using personal documents of a neighbor who was deported.

Biding Time

While fraudsters are generally selfish and greedy people, they tend to be very patient when orchestrating a scam. A San Francisco Bay area resident bided his time while secretly working to steal a quarter of a million dollars in an unemployment insurance fraud scheme. (Fortunately, the...
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