Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Admissions Fraud

College admissions are competitive. (That’s why high school seniors are encouraged to apply to multiple schools with the hopes of getting into at least one of their favorites.) When a Carmel, Indiana woman applied to her favored university and got rejected, she committed student...

More than a Slice of Pizza

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Wayne Restaurateur Giuseppe DiMeo Guilty In Tax Fraud Case: Feds,” published by Radnor Patch. Giuseppe "Pino" DiMeo, 49, changed his initial not guilty plea to guilty on two counts of conspiring to defraud the IRS and nine counts of filing false tax returns, according to Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen.

Decoupling Fraud

The U.S. Justice Department’s Northern District of California announced that former Antioch police officer Gary Bostick and his wife, Ana Bostick, pleaded guilty to their respective roles in a scheme to illegally obtain money from the United States.

You’re Gonna Pay

Payroll taxes are the focus in today’s “Fraud of the Day.” Employees usually pay their share via paycheck deductions and then employers pay the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) an amount based upon the employee’s wages. Today’s fraudster collected his employees’ payroll taxes, but neglected...

With This Ring, I Defraud Thee

One of the easiest ways for an immigrant to become a lawful resident of the United States is to marry an American citizen. While there are many immigrants who find their true love in the “Land of the Free and the Home of the...

Fraudulent Fowl

Have you ever wondered why eggs are packaged and sold by the dozen? The reason why actually dates back to the first century when an egg could be sold for a penny, or 12 for a shilling (which was equal to 12, or a...

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...

Big Boo Boo

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Phenix City resident convicted of stolen identity fraud ring that sought $26 million,” posted on AL.com. A Phenix City resident was convicted by a federal jury for stealing the identities of soldiers, state prisoners and teenagers in a scheme that sought $26 million in false tax returns.

Compromised Values

A Pikeville psychologist convicted of taking part in the largest Social Security disability fraud in U.S. history should serve 25 years in prison. Alfred Bradley Adkins also was ordered to pay $93 million in restitution to the Social Security Administration and other agencies and to forfeit $187,600 in tainted fees.

Unsuspecting Victims

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reports that in 2017, the number of taxpayers who reported tax-related identity theft declined by 50 percent. While this sounds like great news, identity thieves are becoming increasingly savvy at finding new ways to steal money from unsuspecting victims...
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