Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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...

Anybody Want a Paystub?

I see a lot of different types of fraud – tax refund fraud, food stamp fraud, homestead exemption fraud and much more. Every once in a while, I see a new twist on a traditional approach to fraud and I need to call that...

Shouldn’t You Know Better?

While there's nothing worse than a fraudster (okay, maybe famine. Or the Bubonic Plague. Whatever, you get the picture). But, a fraudster who should know better is just plain infuriating. According to today's Fraud of the Day from the Central Valley Business...

Workers’ Compensation Fraud Doesn’t Pay

Every once in a while, employees are injured on the job. Sometimes, the injuries result from a particular incident, such as a box in a store room falling on an employee's foot. Other times, the cause may be more subtle, like an injury resulting...

Contractor Gets Prison for Workers’ Comp Fraud

Remember when you were a kid and you were rough-housing with friends? Your mom would probably tell you to calm down, and you probably protested saying that no one was going to get hurt. Your mom might have responded with something like? ''Oh sure...it's...

Innocent Until I Show Them My Tattoo

We love watching criminals make fools of themselves or better yet, getting caught because they do dumb things. One particular criminal outdid himself and was sentenced to prison after the tattoo of the murder scene depicted on his back was used as evidence against...

Triple Tax Fraud Strike Out

It has been said by some that things happen in ''threes''? births, deaths – and arresting alleged tax refund fraudsters. At least that appears to be the situation unfolding in California, where – according to The Sacramento Bee – officials recently arrested three Sacramento...

The $800,000 Unemployment Fraud Scam

Typically, articles exposing unemployment fraud involve individuals who falsely claim unemployment benefits to which they are not entitled. Fraudsters may lie on their application and say they are unemployed when – in truth – they already have a job, or they simply fail to...

Getting Schooled

Imagine being a first-time college student – fresh to the ''grown-up'' world, grasping the responsibility of cleaning your dorm room, attending classes, paying for your meals and signing fraudulent student-loan forms through the guidance of an expert financial fraudster. Wait a minute...student-loan fraud wasn't...

DA Files Charges in $500,000 Child Care Fraud Case

Who among us wouldn't like to be sitting poolside with a cool beverage at a beachfront resort? Now...what if the trip was paid for by defrauding taxpayers and, specifically, pocketing money intended for needy children? Now it doesn't sound quite so good. Unfortunately, today's...
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