Friday, December 4, 2020

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....

Repeat Offender

Some people never learn from their mistakes and seem doomed to repeat them. And, when it comes to committing fraud, being ''doomed'' is often equal to winding up in jail, probation or at least with some type of penalty. That's the case in today's...

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...

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...

Don’t Mess with Maine!

Mainers have a reputation for having a strong work ethic. Most Mainers appreciate having a job and are known for arriving on time, putting in a full day, and working to the best of their ability. They don't have any use for freeloaders and...

Striking a Nerve

Listen to this Story Pain can be debilitating. (Thankfully, there are a variety of methods available for treating chronic and acute ailments.) A Department of Justice press release tells about how a physician specializing in interventional pain management and...

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...

Over A Decade of Lies

Many things in life require a long-term commitment; for example, let's say you have a particular interest in collecting restored cars. Unless you are rolling in money, it would be a little difficult to arrive at an auction and purchase 10 restored beauties in...

Maryland’s Bad Medicaid Policies are Costing them Millions

When fraud is perpetrated against the government, sometimes we wonder whether someone is asleep at the switch. When governments lose money due to bad policy, no one fell asleep at the switch – there isn't even a switch. In those instances, action must be...
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