Monday, June 24, 2019

Working at Not Having a Job

In order to legally collect unemployment benefits in California, an individual must have past earnings that meet certain minimum thresholds; be unemployed through no fault of their own; and, be able, available and actively seeking a job. An Anaheim, California woman circumvented this well-defined process by...

Lying in Wait

In 2017, 16.7 million people were impacted by identity theft, proving that it can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, profession or income level. Even though identity theft can be a very annoying experience that endangers credit reports, very rarely does identity theft fraud endanger lives....

Keep Your Mouth Shut

If you were asked what qualities make someone a good person, what characteristics would you include? Perhaps words like kind, honest, trustworthy, ethical, self-controlled and respectful might make the list. While on the witness stand, an Augusta, Georgia woman considered herself to be a “good person”...

Off to Prison She Goes

The U.S. Tax Code is complicated, so it’s easy to understand how some individual taxpayers may inadvertently fail to comply with the tax law as defined by the IRS. (That’s why many people run to the nearest tax preparer to dump several inches of financial paperwork...

Deliberate

Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries who receive home healthcare services are required to use providers approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). (CMS is explicit on compliance requirements so that beneficiaries receive good healthcare and providers receive payment for their claims in a timely...

Allergic to Fraud

For allergy sufferers who do not like needles, allergy drops are an alternative to in-office shots. Some research reports show that the benefits of allergy drops can be similar to allergy shots, except most drops are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). That’s...

The Right to Pay Taxes

When an individual is convicted of a felony, they lose the right to vote, travel abroad, bear arms or own guns, serve on a jury, work in certain fields, public social benefits and housing and parental benefits. One of the rights that felons, not to mention...

Spoiled

Fraudsters are spoiled. They indulge in government funds intended to assist qualified beneficiaries like kids who can’t keep their hands out of the cookie jar. (They spend the “free” money on themselves in a variety of extravagant ways because one cookie is never enough.) A...

Minimize

For some people, living a minimalist lifestyle means having a happier life. This is not so for the owner of a pharmacy in Red Bud, Illinois and his wife. After the pharmacist was charged with healthcare fraud, his wife tried to minimize their connection with the...

Living the High Life

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers a housing choice voucher program to assist very low-income families, the elderly and disabled individuals with finding affordable, decent, safe and sanitary housing. Participants in the housing voucher program are permitted to find their own housing, including...
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