Sunday, December 16, 2018

Lyin’ for Lunches

Who else has trouble stifling a smile, when the ''Hall Monitor'' is caught breaking the rules? The Washington Post has the adult version: An employee with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently was exposed for fraudulently obtaining subsidized school lunches. The public employee, who also...

Tightening Exemptions

Owning a home is a big financial responsibility. On a monthly basis, home owners pay their mortgage and various utility and related bills. Annually, however, the property tax bill comes due. This money is important – it is the source of funding for schools,...

Altered State

An altered state of consciousness refers to someone in a mental state that is different from normal. (The phrase commonly means that the person is in a dream state or in a drug-induced trance that causes reduced alertness.) In today's ''Fraud of the Day,''...

Identity Crisis

An identity crisis usually refers to someone who is having a difficult time figuring out their place in society and life, in general. Today's ''Fraud of the Day,'' taken from a Department of Justice press release, focuses on a man who actually had three...

A Piece of the Pizza Pie

No matter how you slice it, pizza is one of America's favorite meals. It's easy to make a phone call to a pizza delivery service or bake a frozen pizza pie when time is short. And let's not forget that a cold piece of...

Access Denied

The first day on a job usually requires a new employee to spend time filling out a mountain of forms containing a lot of personal information. In order to get a paycheck, workers must provide a name, address, Social Security number and a...

‘Billing Integrity” Program Turns up the Heat on Homestead Exemption Fraudsters

Anyone who works for a government program that can be defrauded knows that agencies must dedicate resources to finding fraud. But here's the interesting thing? the amount of fraud discovered often pays for the people and technology allocated to find it, and much more....

The Game of Fraud

According to a recent article in The Baltimore Sun, food stamp fraud is big business in the Baltimore area. Unfortunately for the criminals participating in the wide-spread food stamp fraud scheme, law enforcement is ahead of their game. The article details the...

Not Exactly Home Sweet Home

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City runs a federally-funded voucher program for Section 8 housing that helps low-income families, the elderly and the disabled afford decent, safe housing in the private market. One of the 3,000 landlords participating in the locally administered rental assistance...

Disenchanted in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, a popular Caribbean tourist destination, is commonly referred to as the ''Island of Enchantment.'? Known for its beautiful beaches, the territory of the United States exports pharmaceuticals, rum and, unfortunately, stolen personal identities. According to the Eagle Tribune, identify theft or the...
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