Tuesday, October 23, 2018

From Russia with Fraud

A guilty plea is supposed to mean taking responsibility for committing a crime. Yet the Sun-Sentinel reports that a Florida woman was still grappling with her own culpability at her sentencing hearing. She had already pleaded guilty to bribing federal and state employees, enabling...

Taking a Gamble

To participate in Medicare fraud is to take a huge gamble. The odds of winning are not great as a former owner and manager of three Florida home health agencies can testify. The Medicare Strike Force successfully prosecuted him for his role in a...

Scared Yet?

The only things an identity thief needs for obtaining a student loan are your name, birthdate, address and Social Security number. These are the keys to establishing a Federal Student Aid ID and to creating a fraudulent loan account without your knowledge. (By the...

Family and Friends Fraud

Imagine discovering that your tax preparer had defrauded the IRS—in your name. Then imagine that this person is a friend or relative (and you're not in on the scam). According to The Bismarck Tribune, a crooked tax preparer in North Dakota was caught exploiting...

One for the History Books

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Owner of Dallas Health Care Company Gets 17 Years in Federal Prison for Role in Huge Fraud” published by Dallas Observer. U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay sentenced the owner of a Dallas home health care company to 17 years in federal prison.

Hide and Go Seek

Fraudsters tend to think that if they can hide stolen money or benefits, the government will never be able to find them or their secret stash. (However, the government is pretty good at playing Hide and Go Seek. They know all of the hiding...

Bursting Bubbles

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that involves sticking needles in specific areas of the body to treat pain. Practitioners believe that by placing the needles in strategic points, a person's energy flow will re-balance. The owner of several rehabilitation clinics in California...

Pawning off the Kids

There are some parents who pawn their kids off to other relatives or friends to watch and take care of them as often as possible. Perhaps this is fun for grandparents who love to have their grandchildren visit on a regular basis, but today’s...

Fair Game

Higher education degrees are expensive. Thankfully, federal student loans make the dream possible for many, but to date, there are more than 44 million student loan borrowers with about $1.3 trillion in debt. Some of that debt is due to criminals who have fraudulently...

Family Enterprise

According to Entrepreneur Magazine, family businesses experience success when there is unity among family members, a mission that goes beyond financial gain, a vision, and a plan for the next generation. A woman from Grand Rapids, Michigan was the matriarch of a family tax...
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