Wednesday, January 23, 2019

O Fraud, Where Is Thy Sting?

Beekeeping does not come without danger, and neither does fraud. Today’s article combines both to create a sticky situation for a Stafford, Virginia man who committed Social Security disability fraud by lying about his ability to work.

Half Full or Half Empty?

When asked if a glass is half empty or half full, there can be two answers to the question. Pessimists tend to see the glass half empty, while optimists see it 50 percent full. When applying that reasoning to half-truths, you get something a...

Confined by Fraud

The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to disabled adults and children with limited income and resources. But there are a few things that applicants must reveal when filling out the form to qualify for benefits. A Malden, Massachusetts woman left...

Roaming Buffalos

A Buffalo, New York man has pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the Social Security Administration (SSA) concerning his eligibility to receive disability benefits. The man engaged in Social Security fraud by knowingly and illegitimately claiming benefits while out of the country...

The Rest of the Story

Booker T. Washington is credited with saying, “Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” This quote rings true for today’s fraudster, a clinical psychologist, who partnered with a West Virginia judge and a...

Living a Lie

If a gene existed that determined selfishness, fraudsters would have it. A Lansdale, Pennsylvania man carried out an extremely selfish scheme involving the theft of a deceased infant’s identity. He not only lived a lie every day of his life for 21 years under...

Fraud Across the Border

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides benefits to disabled adults and children with limited income and resources through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. (The program is funded by general tax revenues paid, or in other words, by you and I.) An Orono, Maine...

Part of the Solution

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General press release entitled, “Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to $234,000 Government Theft.” A Patrick County, Virginia man, who stole more than $230,000 from the Social Security Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services in disability benefits to which he was not entitled, pleaded guilty in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Danville.

Not a Peep

DORIS S. PITCHER, age 66, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge James J. Brady to theft of government funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641. As a result of her conviction, PITCHER faces a potential prison term of up to ten years as well as restitution.

The Buck Stops Here

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Ex-HARC boss Richard Lilliston gets five years for role in diverting Social Security from disabled clients” published by the Tampa Bay Times. Richard Lilliston used to be admired. Now, old friends shun him.
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