Monday, December 17, 2018

Should Have Known Better

Sometimes, people are oblivious that they are doing something wrong. Then, there are folks who know what they are doing is wrong, and continue to do it anyway. The latter is the case for an Ohio woman and her son who ran two home...

5 Technology Trends Agencies Use to Combat Tax Refund Identity Fraud

Deborah Smith, MBA, LexisNexis Risk Solutions Former Executive Director, Personal and Business Taxes, Ohio Department of Taxation Thanks to advances in technology, tax return preparation and submission doesn't have to be the chore it once was. The process of filling out complex tax forms has been...

Fair Game

Higher education degrees are expensive. Thankfully, federal student loans make the dream possible for many, but to date, there are more than 44 million student loan borrowers with about $1.3 trillion in debt. Some of that debt is due to criminals who have fraudulently...

Improvements in Identify Theft and Tax Fraud Detection Capabilities for 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made great strides in detecting tax refund fraud. As of March 4, 2017, the IRS reported that it had identified and confirmed 14,068 fraudulent tax returns involving identity theft and prevented the issuance of $91.9 million in fraudulent...

5 Tips for Protecting Yourself from Tax Refund Identity Fraud

  The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) states that 85 percent or more than 125 million American taxpayers file their taxes electronically. As we learned in yesterday's blog, the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax filing industry use technically advanced solutions to...

Taxes Two-Step

Listen to this Story When it comes to taxes, don't mess with Texas—or Virginia, as it turns out. An article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch tells the story of a tax professional who filed fraudulent refund claims while managing the Northern Virginia office of a tax...

School of Hard Knocks

If you want to lose the respect of your peers, steal their personal information and use it to apply for student loans you don't deserve. That's what today's fraudster did to fund her doctorate degree. A 64-year-old retired high school teacher stole and used the...

Count the Crimes

If there were ever a game show dedicated to fraudsters, it could be called "Count the Crimes." (Can't you imagine criminals competing for the prestigious designation of Criminal of the Week based on the number of crimes committed?) Today 's fraudster would definitely qualify...

Not So Petty

Petty crimes, which can include offenses such as shoplifting, trespassing, public intoxication or vandalism, are considered to be minor. A woman, whose last name happened to be Petty (what a great last name for a criminal), committed a ''not so petty'' crime by stealing...

There’s No Substitute for Hard Work

There are occasions when it's o.k. to have a substitute. For example, when a teacher is sick it is acceptable to bring in a substitute teacher to lead a class until the regular teacher can return. (But when emergency services are involved, you don't...
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