Sunday, December 16, 2018

Schemers are Dreamers

The primary function of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Scheme Development Center (SDC) is to detect suspicious criminal activity involving tax and related financial investigations and to assemble information on the suspected individuals and entities involved. (One of their responsibilities is to investigate tax...

History Repeats Itself

History tends to repeat itself. While many fraudsters can learn from their mistakes, there are some who often return to old patterns of behavior. A Connecticut man who was gainfully employed by a restaurant, repeated his mistake from a decade earlier and tried to...

Bum Knee

Most people who can attest to having a torn ACL in their knee would say that it is a painful injury. The man at the center of today's ''Fraud of the Day'' case claimed that he had injured his knee (an MRI showed a...

Painful Mistakes

We've all made painful mistakes. (Whether buying something we can't afford, forgetting a significant other's birthday, or forgetting to set an alarm for an early morning flight, there are always consequences for our actions whether intentional or not.) Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' details...

Don’t Tell Dad

Do you remember getting in trouble as a child? That moment where you knew your future was bleak; a ''time out'' or ''grounding'' was in your cards and there was no avoiding it. Do you remember the realization that if only you could keep...

Bad Habit

Everyone has a vice, whether it be procrastination, bingeing on Netflix, spending too much time on social media, or something much worse. A Waterbury, Connecticut man, who admitted he had a heroin habit, conspired with his ex-wife to support this bad habit by lying...

The Dark Side

A recent study suggests that 25 percent of Bitcoin users are associated with illegal activity. Today’s fraudster from Illinois fits into that category. He committed identity theft fraud by purchasing the identities of people in 38 states from the dark web using Bitcoin, then...

Hindsight is 20/20

A rather silly scam carried out by a pair of New Yorkers to feign blindness, all so they could freeload on public disability benefits, showed a clear lack of foresight. A press release published by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York...

Out of Gas

It's pretty important to check your vehicle's gas gauge regularly make sure it doesn't get too low, otherwise you could end up on the side of the road waiting for assistance. According to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) press release, a couple...

The Medicaid Tooth Fairy

The tooth fairy makes losing teeth a much more tolerable experience. (Kids know they’re going to wake up with a couple of bucks under their pillow, so why not embrace the pain for a reward at the end.) A Connecticut dentist blew the whistle...
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