Sunday, December 16, 2018

Truly Ashamed

It must be interesting to hear repeated confessions from fraudsters who express their remorse after getting caught. (I'm guessing there are many judges who could write a "Top 10" list of the most annoying pleas for leniency.) Today 's "Fraud of the Day" highlights...

Homebodies

People are just so forgetful these days. It seems that no one can ever remember the number of people living in their homes. It's easy to forget, especially when there are so many. According to Montgomery Media, three Pennsylvania women have...

Golfing, Fishing and Defrauding

Every once in a while life throws us a curve ball – some people lose jobs, loved ones or their homes. For others, that unexpected life event is the onset of a disability that impairs the individual from working. In those circumstances,...

Benefit Buffet

Fraudsters tend to see government benefit programs as a smorgasbord serving up an abundance of free money. A business owner, who operated six substance abuse counseling centers in Oklahoma, received more than $1.5 million in Medicaid reimbursements she did not deserve. It is reported that...

Throwing Caution to the Wind

When criminals commit fraudulent acts, they subject themselves to the risk of being caught and punished for their illegal deeds. (Some fraudsters carefully plan out their ruse and hide their schemes, while others throw caution to the wind in their careless pursuit to take...

More Fraud than Meets the Eye

If criminals are successful at one scheme, they often try another. (They probably think, ''Why not maximize the return on fraud while I can get away with it?'') An article published in the Westmoreland Times tells about a physician who filed six false income...

Falling on Hard Times

A variety of things can cause a person to fall on hard times. A debilitating illness, job loss or financial trouble can make people do desperate things. An article published in The Daily Item reports on an elderly father and son who teamed up...

Putting out the Fraud Fire

In August 2012, a wildfire broke out near Mannford, Okla., and spread swiftly across town destroying nearly 80 square miles of homes, buildings and dry vegetation. According to an article in Tulsa World, as affected residents began to rebuild their lives following the...

A Taxing Situation

Businesses often seek employer contract services from staff-leasing firms to decrease administrative burdens. These firms help small and mid-size businesses that don't have adequate staff to lessen their paperwork load and better manage their resources. But, if due diligence is not performed...

Oh Behave

According to Medicaid.gov, the government benefits program is the single largest payer for mental health services for adults and children in the United States. The owner of an Oklahoma-based behavioral health counseling service and her son, who was employed by the business, took advantage...
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