Saturday, November 17, 2018

Roofing Scheme Has Holes

The recent recession and an underground economy have made times tough for the construction industry. Contractors are desperate for work and some companies compete for jobs with unfair advantages. Today's Fraud of the Day from The Daily Journal examines how one company was able...

Tar and Feather

Punishment by tar and feathers was once used as an unofficial way to enforce justice. Thankfully, our current justice system doesn't use that form of punishment to discipline those who break the law today. However, the owner of a California paving company got tarred...

Dinner with a Side of Fraud

There is nothing like a nice dinner out. You gotta love good food, good service, good company and identity fraud. What's better than dinner and a show? According to a Yahoo! News article, a Colorado chain restaurant witnessed a unique show when one customer's...

Teaching Children to Lie

We were always taught never to lie. Whether punished in time out as a child, or punished in jail as adult, the consequences of lying have always been threatening. So, why – when the consequences are so in focus – is it so easy...

Rolling Away with Fraud

Medicare covers durable medical equipment (DME) for qualified beneficiaries. This benefit can mean a world of difference to someone who is confined to their home and without it would not be able to function normally. The long list of items covered includes equipment, such...

A Rat by Any Other Name

It's not every day that you hear of a fraudster who is caught red-handed, dressed as a rodent. According to a recent Los Angeles Times report, one California man is paying a hefty price for dressing up like a hamster and dancing in a...

Do Not Pass Go…Go Directly to Jail

We've all played the board game where we roll the dice to see how many spaces our game piece can advance and, inevitably, someone lands on the square that tells them to go directly to jail. Committing fraud is kind of like that: you...

More than Your Own Slice of the Pie

A California pizza shop owner is in big trouble for withholding the government's piece of the pie. Bay City News reports that this pizza punk was caught not only evading payroll taxes, but also fudging employee numbers to drive down the cost of his...

Frugal Fraud

Usually, people who commit fraud do so to fund a lavish lifestyle. They purchase designer name items, luxury cars and expensive real estate so they can live in a posh manner. The Washington Times reports on a California man who appears to have committed...

Paying a High Premium

Businesses pay a great deal of money to insure that their most valuable assets—their employees—are protected in the event an on-the-job injury occurs. When workers' compensation companies collect premiums from employers, but fail to pay out benefits after a legitimate injury happens, not only...
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