Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Disabling Welfare Fraud

Disability claims examiners have the job of deciding whether or not the claims made by benefit applicants are valid or not, ensuring that only qualified beneficiaries receive government assistance. An article posted on CentralMaine.com tells the story of a former state disability claims examiner...

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...

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...

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...

Oh Canada!

Sometimes a fraud comes along that has so many moving parts, they seem like they might make good elements of a novel. Take today's fraud from the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal, for example. It involves a villain – the fraudster; a victim – the taxpayer;...

Well That’s Not Fair

Some things in life aren't fair. If all was fair in love and war, the world would likely be full of fraudsters. To reinforce a sense of fairness, the U.S. government strives to remove fraudsters from programs that are intended to provide assistance to...

Sentencing Dead on Arrival

Listen to this Story Social Security exists to help ensure that at-risk populations experience respectable standards of living. The program helps millions of elderly and disabled people throughout the United States. But what happens to their benefits when they...

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...

How a Tax Identity Fraud Scam Impacted Our Members

Early in 2014, the Maine Medical Association (MMA) began receiving reports from member physicians that they had been victims of identity theft leading to a tax refund fraud scam. They learned about the scam when they filed their state or federal tax return and...
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