Saturday, July 11, 2020

Deep-Sixing Fraud

It's pretty atrocious when a fraudster takes advantage of a deceased person's identification to collect undeserved government benefits, but when someone uses their own family members to line their pockets with cash, that's pretty low too. An article published by the Knoxville News Sentinel...

A Proper Punishment

We have the privilege to live in a democratic country where we've created a justice system to deliver proper punishment when needed. But how do we define ''proper'' punishment? Perhaps we should just flip a coin? heads for five years, tails for 10 years....

The Past – and the Law – Catches Up to Alleged Pension Scammer

Most of us go to work every day, work hard, and stay focused on doing a good job in our chosen profession. The hope is that someday – after years of service – we will have enough money put aside so that we can...

Replacing Fraud

Most things can be replaced. For instance, if you wear a hole in the bottom of your shoe, you can purchase a new pair and throw the old ones out. An article published in the Idaho Statesman tells about how one Idaho man went...

Capitalizing on the Demise of Others

Listen to this Story Fraudsters are really good at capitalizing on the demise of their victims. (They usually don't scrutinize when choosing their targets and will often use their own family members to make an illegal profit.) An article posted...

Sentencing Dead on Arrival

Listen to this Story Social Security exists to help ensure that at-risk populations experience respectable standards of living. The program helps millions of elderly and disabled people throughout the United States. But what happens to their benefits when they...

Hijacked Credentials

Credentials are important if you want to obtain a certain status, privilege or right. For example, if you want to be recognized as a doctor, you must provide proof that you graduated from medical school and have the appropriate credentials to practice medicine. If...

Decades of Lying

One way that criminals defraud the Social Security Administration (SSA) is by failing to notify the agency about the death of a beneficiary, then they continue to receive and cash the checks of their deceased loved one. Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' spotlights two...

Don’t Pass Go

When was the last time you sat down to play a board game? You know, one of those games that give players the opportunity to buy properties to earn money, while offering ''chance'' cards, such as ''Get out of Jail Free'' and ''Move Forward...

Golden Goose and Rotten Egg

Some parents don't have a problem becoming empty nesters, as long as they can use their disabled kid's benefits to keep fluffing up the nest. (Yes, it's an ugly one today, ducklings.) The U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts issued a press release about...
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