Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Pointing the Finger at Fraud

Human fingerprints have been used to positively identify criminals for centuries. The failsafe method proved useful again when fingerprints were recently used to positively identify a fraudster from Idaho who tried to commit passport fraud. According to the U.S. Marshals Service, fingerprints are an infallible...

Risky Business

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) exists to protect vulnerable children who are at risk for being neglected or abused. The state agency provides permanent families for children who cannot safely return home; supports early intervention and child abuse prevention activities;...

Bad Credit

Unless you have a large stash of cash at your disposal, you have to borrow money to buy things you need or want. Large ticket items, like a new house or automobile usually require a loan from a financial institution. (Or you could try...

Dimming the Lights

Children are beacons of light and hope for the world. Most parents want their children to have a bright future and will go to great efforts to provide the best educational opportunities available. However, not everyone can afford to send their children...

Exchanging Visas for Jail Time

Have you had the opportunity to travel internationally? Whether you're jet-setting to shady palm trees in the Caribbean, or on a student exchange program, you'll need to be well-versed on the appropriate identification documents necessary for travel. Let's look at the reverse; for example,...

No Free Rides

Medicaid pays for non-emergency ambulance transportation costs as long as a doctor provides a statement justifying the need for the service. (Medicaid beneficiaries are eligible for this service if they don't have a working vehicle or a driver's license; have a mental or physical...

Not for Sissies

Growing old is not for sissies. Not only do the aches and pain increase as you age, but so do the number of criminals who seek to target the elderly. An article published by the Chicago Sun-Times tells about a suburban Chicago psychologist who...

Home Alone

Unless you have a clone, it is pretty hard to be in two places at once. However, an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a man was able to defraud an Illinois health care program by submitting false bills while serving time...

What a Sham

A sham is something that is not what it appears to be. It's usually required to commit fraud. The Courier-Journal reports on the owners of two bogus medical supply companies who tried to bilk Medicare of approximately $4 million in fraudulent claims....

A ‘Cozy’ Crime

Some employers put entirely unreasonable expectations on their staffs. A recent report by The State Journal-Register details such a case, in which a café owner looking to fudge his business tax numbers coerced his employees into registering the restaurant under their own names. (Exploiting...
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