Saturday, September 21, 2019

Hangry

There are some things that are ok to skim – like news headlines, a rock across a lake, or a layer of fat if you’re frying ground beef for tacos. It’s NOT ok to skim cash from your company’s sales receipts. In today’s tax fraud...

Politicians and Criminals

Despite popular opinion, not all politicians are criminals. However, today’s fraudsters are linked to politician wanna-be’s who are now officially considered to be criminals. Two Winston-Salem men and two aspiring politicians worked together to file 519 false tax returns in a tax fraud scheme that attempted...

Cheating with Cheddar

Warning to all readers: this blog post is cheesy. Today’s fraudster used all types of cheese plus lettuce, tomato, hot peppers, olives, pickles and deli meat to commit more than half a million dollars in tax fraud. (It’s possible that you may crave a sub sandwich...

Making Ends Meet

Sometimes, it’s hard to make ends meet when more money is flowing out than in. With some careful planning though, most people can manage to pay the bills and save a little on the side by simply adhering to a budget or getting a second...

No Mo’ Money

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit for low- to moderate-income individuals and families. The amount of the EITC benefit, which depends on the taxpayer’s income and number of children, provides a much-needed refund for poor families who have stretched their dollars...

No Integrity

To maintain the integrity of MaineCare, Maine’s Medicaid program, regular audits are performed to protect against fraud, waste and abuse. The healthcare program uses referrals, complaints from other state agencies, healthcare providers or members, and data analysis to detect patterns or trends that may indicate fraudulent actions....

Off to Prison She Goes

The U.S. Tax Code is complicated, so it’s easy to understand how some individual taxpayers may inadvertently fail to comply with the tax law as defined by the IRS. (That’s why many people run to the nearest tax preparer to dump several inches of financial paperwork...

Deliberate

Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries who receive home healthcare services are required to use providers approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). (CMS is explicit on compliance requirements so that beneficiaries receive good healthcare and providers receive payment for their claims in a timely...

The Right to Pay Taxes

When an individual is convicted of a felony, they lose the right to vote, travel abroad, bear arms or own guns, serve on a jury, work in certain fields, public social benefits and housing and parental benefits. One of the rights that felons, not to mention...

Games People Play

There are two types of mind games. Individuals who want to maintain a healthy brain keep their mind active by completing activities such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku, learning how to play a musical instrument or doing something they’ve never done before. The other type of mind...
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