Thursday, January 28, 2021

Indiana’s Identity Protection Program – the Secret for Success

As the 2016 individual tax season begins, we must be ever vigilant in protecting that most sensitive of information – taxpayers' PII. As a 2014 Pew Research Center study clearly demonstrates, Americans have real concerns about the institutional security of their personal information. As...

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 So Easily Fooled

Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers are responsible for a considerable part of healthcare fraud, including overbilling or billing insurance for services that are never provided. (Isn’t it ironic and sad that the people whom the public trusts to help them stay healthy are...

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...

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...

A Decade in Jail

A decade is a long time. Whether you're thinking back over key milestones (e.g., your kid starting high school, graduating, going on to college, starting his/her first job, etc.) or counting down the days until a decade of jail time is over, you'll likely...

The Homeless and Dead Apply for Student Aid

The Grand Rapids Press reports that Raymond Coleman allegedly obtained personal information of homeless people by falsely claiming to represent an agency that helps the homeless. He is accused of then using that information to apply for federal student loan assistance. The article also...

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...

Family-run Fraud

A father, his three sons and their alleged conspiracy to commit food stamp fraud are the subject of today's ''Fraud of the Day.'' An article in The Times of Northwest Indiana states that the family of four was indicted for their purported roles...

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...
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