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The COVID-19 pandemic is causing us to navigate unchartered waters. Fraud related to this outbreak is no exception. Get the latest headlines here to stay informed.

COVID Feature: Misdirected Money

Millions of Americans have filed for unemployment benefits in recent months due to the Coronavirus pandemic. One of the states that has been hit the hardest is Pennsylvania, where over 2.3 million residents have applied for unemployment benefits since March. U.S. Attorney William McSwain of...

COVID Feature: Coronavirus Schemes Are Spreading Fast

The IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) division is warning taxpayers about increasing fraud from COVID-19-related schemes. These types of scams prey on fragile Americans during unprecedented circumstances. (Fraudsters won’t hesitate to abuse programs meant to help people through financially difficult times.) COVID-19-related scams vary in methodology...

COVID Feature: Rolling Into Fraud

The coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in people registering with state Medicaid programs, which has corresponded with a spike in Medicaid related fraud. Medicaid fraud can take many forms as fraudsters pour their creativity into preying on the most vulnerable among us....

COVID Feature: The Unmasked Fraudster

The shortage of medical-grade face masks and other personal protective equipment has distressed medical workers and others at high risk of contracting COVID-19. The worst among us have tapped into that urgent need with fraudulent equipment. In one recent case, a 24-year-old Michigan man is...

COVID Feature: Stolen Stimulus Checks

While there are legitimate reasons that some are still waiting to receive their COVID-19-related CARES Act stimulus check, there have been cases of theft.  A few examples of theft have occurred in the form of caretakers taking advantage of nursing home residents and people...

COVID Feature: Come Hell or High Water

The Paycheck Protection Program is a part of the recent federal bailout of businesses hurt by the COVID-19-related economic disaster. There have been many attempts to take advantage of this lending program. One of the latest alleged attempts came from Samuel Yates of Maud,...

COVID Feature: A Few Bruised Peaches

A woman in Lawrenceville, Ga., stands accused of being a part of a coronavirus scheme involving the elderly. (Not all is peachy in Georgia at the moment.) Ashley Hoobler Parris and other alleged fraudsters are accused of participating in this Medicare scam with the...

COVID Feature: No Relief After All

Being federally charged with wire and bank fraud is no small feat. Baoke Zhang of Issaquah, Wash., stands accused of creating fictional payroll expenses so he could seek loans through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Government Investigators say Zhang tried to...

COVID Feature: Not A Pretty Picture

The federal government has doled out billions of dollars in COVID-19 economic stimulus funding and is coming down hard on those who try to defraud the program – even a Hollywood movie producer. FBI agents arrested former Aviron Pictures Chairman William Sadleir for wire fraud,...

COVID Feature: Employee Causes $100,000+ Loss

In the coming days, weeks, and months, you can be certain that there will be many attempts to commit different types of COVID-19 related fraud. (Fraudsters are always looking for new and innovative reasons to steal money or government benefits and the current pandemic...
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