Sunday, February 17, 2019

From Exclusive to Excluded

There are many benefits to joining a club. Club membership can open up new avenues for meeting new people, learning new skills, and advancing careers. Today, we learn about a woman from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina who was a member of the “Fraudster Club”...

The Shame Effect

Many judges punish individuals who have committed a crime with time behind bars. Occasionally, judges come up with creative ways to enforce a sentence that don’t require jail time. Today’s “Fraud of the Day” article showcases how a Michigan judge dealt with food stamp...

Investigating the Investigator

The job of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigator is to pursue individuals who break the tax law. So, it is ironic that a Sacramento, California woman, who worked for the IRS Criminal Investigation Division as an investigator, found herself being pursued by...

Appearances are Deceiving

Appearances can be deceiving. A Western Michigan man is the focus of our fraud article today because he gave the appearance that he was a well-respected community business owner who also served on several committees for the state Governor’s office. Meanwhile, he was committing...

Stepping on the Little Guys

Fraudsters are very experienced in stepping on the “little guys.” In an ironic twist, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania man – who was deemed a pioneer in standing up for “the little guys” – actually took advantage of them – American tax-paying citizens and the U.S....

Walking a Fine, Wavy Line

For a Carl Junction, Missouri pharmacist, there’s a fine, wavy line between legally and illegally filling prescriptions. Today’s fraudster committed healthcare fraud by signing for auto-refill prescriptions that were intended for his pharmacy’s clients and billing Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare for refills that were...

How Did the Cat Get So Fat?

On the “Fraud of the Day” platform, we highlight a large variety of fraud and fraudsters who engage in all types of schemes, with a wide variety of methods and motivations. And while some fraudsters are motivated by financial hardship or desperate circumstances, others...

Hazy on the Details

Americans spend around $40 billion per year on the purchase of legal and illegal marijuana. While the number of states that have passed legislation legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes and recreational use has increased, it’s still a federal crime to grow...

Fraudulent Fiduciary

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established the VA Fiduciary Program to protect Veterans and other beneficiaries who are unable to manage their own financial affairs due to injury, illness or age. It is the fiduciary’s responsibility to make sure that the money paid...

Henchman

Where there is an abundance of money, greed and corruption are usually nearby. Such is the case with “Operation Spinal Cap,” a massive sting operation run by the Department of Justice (DOJ). A Palm Desert, California man is the latest individual to plead guilty...
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