Monday, June 24, 2019

Guest Writer: Richard Ainsworth

Sales suppression, also known as skimming, is an old retail fraud. A businessman simply keeps two tills. He rings up some sales for the record, and other sales are either not rung up at all or handled through an open cash drawer. Technology has changed...

Bad Apple in the Big Apple

As reported in the New York Daily News, today's tale is of a New Yorker who admitted to a long-term fraud against the Social Security Administration (SSA) over disability benefits. The New Yorker retired because of a shoulder injury after a 12-year career, but then...

Patients as Commodities

When you think of the term ''commodity,'' things like oil, natural gas, grain, or livestock come to mind. An article in The Chicago Tribune tells about a doctor known as the ''king of nursing homes,'' who essentially traded patient referrals as commodities. His part...

Zombies at Work

It is commonly said that the only things we can be certain of in this world are death and taxes. But today's ''Fraud of the Day'' raises a question about the uncertainty of fraudulent tax returns using the stolen identities of the deceased. A...

Raise Your Hand if You Want Benefits!

Unemployment benefits can be a critical lifeline for those who find themselves in hard times and without a paycheck. In fact, these benefits helped keep 3.2 million Americans out of poverty in 2010. That's the good news. As with most things...

The Truth about Lying

Never lie to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). (Falsifying information about your earnings is not a good idea at all.) A New Hartford businessman tried to avoid paying taxes by reporting incorrect earnings on his business tax returns, but eventually, the IRS caught him...

High Flying Fraud

Fraudsters often are apprehended for one reason, then investigators delve a little deeper to find out more than they anticipated. (It's kind of like peeling back the layers of an onion. The deeper you go, the smellier it gets.) A man who was originally...

What is Medicaid Fraud?

Medicaid fraud negatively impacts taxpayers, state governments and more than 70 million eligible low-income people who need the government healthcare program benefits to pay their medical bills. Watch this video to discover the schemes most commonly used to defraud the Medicaid program and learn...

Running a Hustle Behind Bars

A report issued earlier this year by the Treasury Department details how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is doing with detecting tax refund fraud. The IRS identified 42,148 fraudulent tax returns with $227 million claimed and prevented the issuance of nearly 80 percent or...

That’s No Way to Treat a Guest

The United States relies upon foreign laborers to harvest many of the country's crops. The H-2A visa program helps agricultural employers fill seasonal jobs with foreign guest workers to facilitate the process. Unfortunately, an Ohio business woman abused the program and the foreign workers...
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