Sunday, April 5, 2020

Under False Pretenses

When criminals commit fraud, they do it under false pretenses. (They are lying about who they are or what they are doing in order to gain what they do not deserve.) A story posted on CorrectionsOne.com tells about a man who failed to disclose...

The Sobering Effect of Fraud

Sober living environments (SLEs) – often referred to as halfway houses – are interim facilities where people recovering from substance abuse can work on returning to their former lives. An article published by The Boston Globe follows the story of a doctor who paid...

Posthumous Fraud

Some awards are given posthumously. For example, the prestigious Medal of Honor recognizes soldiers who went above and beyond the call of duty while serving their country. Since many of the recipients died during their acts of valor, the medal is often awarded posthumously...

Recruiting for Fraud

Most of the time, fraudsters can't complete a scam without the help of co-conspirators. An article posted on MassLive.com tells about a criminal who assisted with recruiting couriers to help carry out a scam that laundered $110,000 worth of Social Security benefits and Internal...

Adding Insult to Injury

Things can always go from bad to worse. An article published in the Telegram & Gazette confirms this idiom by telling the story of a Worcester woman accused of stealing the identity of her boyfriend's ex-wife and fraudulently using it to obtain disability benefits....

Free Ride

It is estimated that Medicaid fraud costs American taxpayers approximately $80 billion per year. A portion of that tab can be traced to fraudulent ambulance transport providers, who are supposed to provide a ride to qualified beneficiaries requiring medical services. An article...

Confirming Suspicions

Massachusetts is reaping the rewards of taking steps to crack down on fraud, waste and abuse within the commonwealth's food benefit program. A story in The Boston Globe states that the success rate has increased due to quadrupling the number of investigators assigned...

Making Excuses

In the criminal defense world, authorities hear all kinds of excuses for illegal behavior such as insanity, mental instability, drunkenness, duress, provocation, self defense or entrapment. In the world of food stamp fraud, a unique excuse was recently made by the owner of...

The Sound of Identity Theft

The Dominican Republic's sandy shores are surrounded by the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, making it a popular tourist destination. The county, which has the second largest economy in the Caribbean, is dependent upon agriculture and service industries...

Stealing From Behind Bars

In order to receive unemployment benefits, a person has to be available for and actively seeking work. If incarcerated, the program will not pay out. (It's obviously hard to hold down a job if a person is behind bars or in shackles for a...
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