Sunday, December 16, 2018

Forging Mom’s Signature

Do you remember the kids in school that used to forge their parent's signature on a bad test or a report card? When they got caught, they were always in trouble – detention was typically an appropriate method of punishment. While many childish habits...

Collusion

Collusion is usually not a good thing. When people collude, they are usually trying to deceive or mislead. A story published by the Portland Press Herald tells about a husband and wife team who colluded about their living situation in order to collect state...

Out of Desperation

Desperation can drive a person to do some strange things, including commit a crime. The Bangor Daily News reports that a Kenyan woman was so desperate to be a U.S. citizen she participated in a fraudulent scheme to marry a Maine resident in...

Digging a Deeper Hole

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program helps pay for expenses like food, shelter and utilities when times are tough. It is supposed to lend assistance to those who qualify for and deserve financial support during difficult times. An article published in the...

Theft by Deception

In general terms, theft by deception is an intentional act by which someone creates or uses false information to obtain something, whether it is a service or a piece of property. There are several ways to commit this type of crime including: writing bad...

The Worst of Intentions

Some people can have the best of intentions. For instance, you might remember a month in advance that your spouse's birthday is coming up. You may have the best intention of making fine dining reservations, booking a babysitter and wrapping a special gift. Then...

Blank Check

Having a blank check is almost like winning the lottery. Having access to the whole checkbook of blank checks is even better. An article published by The Portland Press Herald details how a woman used her deceased mother's checkbook to write herself a few...

A Drop in the Bucket

Fraud can go undetected when small amounts of money are taken over time. An article published by the Capital Gazette tells the story of one woman who ran a small scale tax fraud scam and stole more than $12,000 in Maryland state tax refunds....

To Take or Not to Take Responsibility

When a defendant enters an Alford Plea, it means that there is not an admission of guilt. Even though the person entering the plea maintains his or her innocence, the court treats the plea as if it were a ''guilty'' plea. (Confused yet?) An...

Preying on the Poor

Thieves don't usually target the poor for tangible goods; however, everyone has something of worth – even the financially disadvantaged. Personal identification information is a hot commodity and can pay out big rewards to identity thieves, who really don't care how much they get...
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