Saturday, December 7, 2019

Traumatic Fraud

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Disability Insurance Benefits Program provides monetary benefits to eligible individuals who have worked and paid taxes. (An individual must be deemed medically disabled and unable to work in order to receive monthly cash benefits). A Shreveport, Louisiana doctor committed Social Security Disability fraud...

Survivor Benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) makes it pretty clear about what to do when someone who receives Social Security benefits dies. First, if there is a surviving spouse, they must report their loved one’s death to the agency. (Usually the funeral home will take care of...

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...
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