Sunday, December 16, 2018

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...

Let’s Play Count the Crimes

Humans count. It's our basic nature to categorize through number. For instance, we may count to rate things? ''How good is this idea on a scale of 1 to 10?'? If we are not rating, perhaps we are counting to keep track of things?...

Fraud Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle is known for swallowing up a number of aircraft and ships, which have disappeared over the years without a trace. (Can you hear the creepy music playing?) A story in the Post-Tribune details the instance of a ''fraud triangle'' purportedly existing...

A Slice of Pizza, A Side of Fraud

For a lot of school age youth, life seems to revolve around ''doing what is cool;'' however, many students find that the ''cool worries,'' like what to wear and who to be friends with, take a back seat. Their concern of their day is...

Chicago Man Helped Ineligible Claimants Collect Unemployment Benefits

Stealing government benefits seems to be a recurring theme among prisoners. With so many different types of assistance available, fraudsters think their little schemes can easily go unnoticed – that is until one of your cohorts starts cooperating with the police. Today's Fraud of...

Threatening Fraud

The Sovereign Citizen Movement includes anti-government extremists who reside in the United States but believe they do not have to answer to any U.S. government authority. Sovereign citizens are not known for paying their taxes (So, I guess we're just supposed to pay their...

‘Going Halfsies”

Remember your early years of work? Your student loans might have kicked in, and your paycheck was smaller than you hoped. You and your friends probably split the bill at lunch or dinner. A whole new generation refers to the act of splitting the...

Illinois Man Collects Unemployment Insurance Benefits While Earning Paycheck

Today's Fraud of the Day describes the case of an Alton, Illinois man, who was sentenced to five years of probation for defrauding the unemployment insurance program. (He got off easy if you ask me.) Unemployment insurance fraud happens when someone makes a false...

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...

Committing Crime while Doing Time

Sometimes people just don't learn from their mistakes – or their punishment. While most inmates don't necessarily take the time we wish they would to reflect upon what they've done and think of ways they can change, they may learn a bit about what's...
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