Saturday, March 28, 2020

Job + Unemployment Benefits = Fraud

It's a good day to have a job. If you know someone who has lost a job – and chances are you do – or have been in that situation yourself, you know what I mean. The most immediate impact of being unemployed, of...

My Evil Twin Did It

TheIndyChannel.com recently featured a story about a former state worker who, when accused of defrauding the government of $15,000, blamed it on her evil twin. Seriously... I can't make this stuff up. According to the story, a former employee of the Indiana Department of...

Baltimore Takes Proactive Stance – Strips Tax Credits from 2,157 Homes

Baltimore is leading the charge against improper payments, asking the state to strip $1.3 million worth of tax credits from more than 2,000 homes. The tax credits were supposed to go to those living in their homes, but these ''homes'' might better be...

A Place Like Home

I find a bit of truth in the statement? ''There is no place like home.'? There is an inherent sense of comfort associated with your home; whether it's the familiar smell or just a comfy couch. For some, the idea of home is broken;...

Child Care Fraud Allegations – Not Child’s Play

Most parents share a common need? child care. But while the need for the service may be the same, parents' ability to pay for it may differ dramatically. In fact, some parents are caught in a bind – they need to work, but they...

Temp Job Leads One to Rob

In order for temporary workers to function effectively, they often must be given the same access and responsibilities as regular employees. But the damage can be far from temporary when one of them takes advantage of the situation. In January, the Indy Star reported...

To Prospective Unemployment Fraudsters in Indiana: Go Elsewhere

Those of you who read my commentary on a regular basis know that the goal is to highlight how fraud is perpetrated, so that those of you in government who work on the front lines fighting it every day will be able to recognize...

Order in the Court

Lawyers often get a bad rap. Who hasn't laughed at an attorney joke? (Unless you are a lawyer.) All kidding aside – when you need a lawyer – you usually need a good one, and fast. Have you ever thought about where lawyers look...

Just when you think you’ve pulled a fast one…SNAP!

It can be surprising to realize how easily multiple small thefts can add up. The Indianapolis Star Tribune details how an all-women crime ring in Indiana stole more than $100,000 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The connecting factor in the scheme was a...

Keeping Fraudsters Accountable

Our justice system is committed to catching criminals and punishing them appropriately. It's also big on teaching offenders how to be accountable for their behavior so they don't cycle through the penal system again. An article published by the Lafayette Journal & Courier tells...
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