Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Following the Breadcrumbs

Hansel and Gretel left a trail of breadcrumbs on purpose so they could find their way back home after being abandoned in the woods. A convenience store owner in Baltimore left a trail of evidence (not on purpose) that led authorities to his participation...

Ingenuity Gone Awry

Most of us believe in the American dream. All that's required is a lot of hard work, ingenuity and a little luck, and it's ours for the taking. Unfortunately, fraudsters usually try to avoid the work, misapply their ingenuity, and focus on the taking....

Ignorance is Not Bliss

A lot of bad things can happen when you are unaware. For instance, you may not know that there is a leaky water pipe in your kitchen ceiling. While on vacation, the pipe bursts and you return to a flooded house needing thousands of...

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...

Unemployment Funds End When You Get a Job

Prosecutors allege that a Dorchester, Massachusetts woman had three jobs and collected $31,486 from the Commonwealth's Department of Unemployment Assistance over a period of two years. The story comes from the Boston Herald, which reported that Joan M. McNeill pleaded not guilty to unemployment fraud...

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,''...

Monkey Business

Monkeys are lively, intelligent animals that behave similarly to humans in many ways. Just like humans, monkeys can be mischievous, but they generally do not commit fraud. The Telegram & Gazette reports about a Worcester woman, who was monkeying around with the Massachusetts Department...

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...

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,...

Organizing Unemployment

The fear of unemployment looms over many in our country. With the tough economy as a constant reminder that unemployment could be a possibility for any of us, it is important that those who are eligible for unemployment insurance are able to receive it....
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