Monday, December 17, 2018
Home Housing and Disaster Fraud

Housing and Disaster Fraud

Safety Net

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a Department of Justice press release entitled, “Wisconsin Farmer Sentenced to Federal Prison for Crop Insurance Fraud.” Jeffrey Lewke (age: 39) was sentenced to six months in federal prison for a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001, making a false statement within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the United States.

Opening the Flood Gates

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a Department of Justice press release entitled, “Baton Rouge Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of Disaster Assistance Funds." Joe W. Jones, 65, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to theft of $13,807 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds in relation to the 2016 Baton Rouge flooding.

Twisted

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) aids individuals or families who have incurred losses due to disasters. Homeowners, renters and business owners within a federally-declared disaster area can apply for assistance if damage has occurred to homes, vehicles, personal property or businesses. (Applicants must...

Natural Disaster, Man-made Fraud

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes it pretty clear that only primary residences damaged during a disaster are eligible to receive any financial aid under the agency's disaster assistance program. Despite the massive destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, damage to vacation homes did...

Living Rent-Free

The Section 8 Housing program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is the federal government's program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly and the disabled afford safe and decent housing in the private market. Public Housing...

How Many People Live at Your House?

Everyone has needs – the most basic being food, clothing and shelter. Today's Fraud of the Day from the Pocono Record, addresses a potential case of fraud involving the last of these three needs? shelter. The article reports that a low income housing resident has...

Excessive Rent

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) aims to provide low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled with the ability to afford safe and sanitary housing in the private market through its Housing Choice Voucher program. Two landlords in Colorado took advantage of...

Fraud Forecast

Hello, folks. Today we are going to take a look at our fraud forecast. We currently see that individuals have made a habit of taking advantage of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) disaster relief fund. Luckily for you FEMA, we are looking at...

Waiting for Disaster to Happen

No one with a conscience would ever wish for a natural disaster to happen. However, if you are interested in reaping the benefits of someone else's demise, then you're probably waiting for a natural disaster to happen at any time. (There's always a...

Staycation

In 2012, Superstorm Sandy was one of the most destructive hurricanes to ever blow up the Atlantic coastline, ultimately causing an estimated $65 billion in damage. The second most-costly hurricane in U.S. history also opened the floodgates for fraudsters to take advantage of the...
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