Monday, October 26, 2020

Foolish Fraudster

There are a variety of jokes about the number of fools it takes to complete a simple task, such as screwing in a lightbulb. Similarly, have you ever wondered how many times a foolish fraudster gets away with lies before they get caught?'' (According...

Fraud Upon Fraud

Desperation is a dangerous state of mind. The Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal has the story of one mother in Maine, who, in addition to submitting falsified applications for welfare, sold her son's prescription ADHD medication for cash—and did so within a drug-free zone. According to 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....
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