Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Epic Offense

An epic usually details the extraordinary feats accomplished by a hero. Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' tells how an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran twisted the details of his ''not so heroic'' actions in order to bilk the federal government out of more than $750,000...

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees

Contrary to popular belief, money doesn't grow on trees. (However, a Virginia woman seemed to think that the government had an endless supply of free benefits to choose from despite the fact that she did not qualify for them.) Over seven months, she harvested...

Plotting Fraud

Sometimes you have to wonder how an author comes up with a plot for a best-selling novel. Elements that make for great fiction can include a protagonist using their position of power to steal from the poor in order to fund a lavish lifestyle....

Overprescribed

There's a pill for just about everything. In fact, there were 4.36 billion prescriptions dispensed in the United States in 2015.A Miami psychiatrist did more than just overprescribe medication to his patients, he dispensed anti-psychotic drugs for the purpose of helping his patients game...

Foolish Fraudster

There are a variety of jokes about the number of fools it takes to complete a simple task, such as screwing in a lightbulb. Similarly, have you ever wondered how many times a foolish fraudster gets away with lies before they get caught?'' (According...

The Land of Free Benefits

When Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner, he described the United States as the land of the free and the home of the brave. (Nothing about it being a great place for foreign fraudsters to receive free benefits).According to Las Vegas television...

Zombie Fraud

It's pretty common to hear about fraud cases where the identity of a deceased person has been stolen by a criminal and used to collect a variety of government benefits for years before getting caught. Sadly, a story in the Conroe-Montgomery County Patch profiles...

A Trail of Fraud

For some criminals, fraud is self-perpetuating. One successful take leads to another and the cycle repeats, until they get caught. According to an article published in the Post Independent, a woman started out with one crime, got caught, pleaded guilty, served time, committed another...

Risky Business

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) exists to protect vulnerable children who are at risk for being neglected or abused. The state agency provides permanent families for children who cannot safely return home; supports early intervention and child abuse prevention activities;...

Weeding out Fraud

While U.S. tobacco production has drastically decreased over the past 30 years, the controversial crop is still big business for many farmers. (Unfortunately, where there's a cash crop, fraudsters seem to pop up like weeds.) According to an article in The Fayetteville Observer, a...
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