Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures – or Costumes

Here's the thing about government benefits programs – you have to be eligible to receive them. For example, if an application asks you to list the number of people living at an address that are providing you with income (and most of them do),...

Auctioneer Bids Adieu to Freedom

An auctioneer's job is to sell property or goods at the highest price possible. The seller receives a good return (top dollar), the buyer gets something they want (a good deal) and the auctioneer takes a cut of the proceeds for selling the item...

Over A Decade of Lies

Many things in life require a long-term commitment; for example, let's say you have a particular interest in collecting restored cars. Unless you are rolling in money, it would be a little difficult to arrive at an auction and purchase 10 restored beauties in...

It Will Haunt You

With Halloween around the corner, it seems all the ads on TV are for spooky shows and movies, Halloween costumes and candies, and fun décor; pick up seasonal magazines and you'll likely see the same thing. But I can think of something more haunting...

Moving to Welfare

When you're moving, everything can get lost – your passport, favorite picture, a table and now, even your identity. But don't worry, these identity stealers aren't after your bank account, and aren't even trying to steal your Social Security number – instead, they're after...

Clean Up On Aisle Fraud

Imagine walking through the grocery store, your cart tracking through a puddle of spilled milk. Over the loud speaker you hear, ''Clean up, aisle four.'' Tracking milk on your cart's wobbly tires, you easily escape the mess and are back to crossing things off...

Forging Mom’s Signature

Do you remember the kids in school that used to forge their parent's signature on a bad test or a report card? When they got caught, they were always in trouble – detention was typically an appropriate method of punishment. While many childish habits...

80-Year-Old Man Charged with Stealing His Mother’s Social Security Benefits

Every time we get a paycheck, we see that Uncle Sam has deducted a small percentage. That money – our Social Security – is put away until we retire. There are lots of rules surrounding the Social Security program, but one thing is certain?...

Destitute in Diamonds

While it has been said that diamonds are a girl's best friend, one Seattle resident may insist that it's welfare instead – at least according to today's Fraud of the Day from KATU.com. You'll remember the case; I wrote a commentary on it when the...

Prison Time for Pocketing Mom’s Federal Pension

Every kid gets into a little bit of trouble from time to time. Some talk back to their elders, some act out and still others take things from kids that don't belong to them. Most grow out of these bad behaviors –...
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