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Social Security and Income Fraud

Living Arrangements

Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), helps disabled Americans meet their basic financial needs. As you might expect there are many requirements that must be met in order to receive SSI benefits, one of which is living arrangements. An Effingham,...

The Mechanics of Fraud

Social Security disability fraud costs taxpayers billions of dollars per year. One of the most common ways scammers steal from the government program is by hiding the fact they are working while collecting undeserved benefits. (Otherwise known as double-dipping.) A Northfield, New Hampshire mechanic...

Selfish Endeavor

For individuals who must support a family, becoming disabled can be very difficult. Not only is it hard for the person who is disabled, but also for family members who are impacted. (Without a paycheck, how do you eat and pay the rent?) Fortunately,...

Party Pooper

It all started with a stroke at age 40 and a thyroid cancer diagnosis. A North Philly mom vowed to give her son everything possible, because life is short. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania mother spared no expense to give her only child a prom “send-off”...

Appearances are Deceiving

Appearances can be deceiving. A Western Michigan man is the focus of our fraud article today because he gave the appearance that he was a well-respected community business owner who also served on several committees for the state Governor’s office. Meanwhile, he was committing...

Fraudulent Fiduciary

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established the VA Fiduciary Program to protect Veterans and other beneficiaries who are unable to manage their own financial affairs due to injury, illness or age. It is the fiduciary’s responsibility to make sure that the money paid...

Home Almost Alone

There are many reasons why people commit fraud. Some are focused only on themselves and think they are entitled to things or benefits they do not deserve. Others are under intense pressure to pay the bills and make ends meet. A woman from Greene...

How Much Is It Worth?

Fake IDs are popular with underage individuals (usually college students) who want to gain access to places and things that are off limits (such as bars and clubs). They are also popular with fraudsters who want to cater to deceptive individuals. (It’s a low...

A Real Firestorm

There’s a famous saying, “fight fire with fire,” but in today’s Fraud of the Day the story is about fighting fraud with justice, as a Bartlett, Tennessee man found out (the hard way). According to the article (and the actual indictment and evidence presented...

Long Gone, But Not Forgotten

When a loved one dies, those left behind typically respond in different ways to keep the memory of the deceased alive. Some people join a grief support group, organize a drive to benefit a favored charity, or visit their loved one’s grave each year...
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