Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A Different Kind of Bank Robber

Not all bank robbers wear a black ski mask and enter through the front doors toting a firearm. Some operate smugly from within the walls of a financial institution, concealing that they are diligently transferring funds to bank accounts they manage. Today’s fraudster is a former...

Paranoia

Just the mention of “Internal Revenue Service (IRS)” or “taxes” in general is enough to cause paranoia in some individuals. Then, consider the fake robocalls that often trick consumers into paying money to the agency via credit card or wire transfer. (Just so you know, the...

Help Yourself

There are several places where it’s ok to help yourself. For example, at an “All You Can Eat Buffet,” it’s ok to fill your plate as many times as you’d like as long as you pay for it. While staying at a hotel, travelers can...

No Laughing Matter

The Friars Club is a private institution in Manhattan, New York known for uproarious roasts and celebrity events for its members who are well-known in the entertainment industry. (Famous members include the likes of Frank Sinatra, Jack Benny and Lucille Ball as well as current entertainers...

The Bottom Line

The term “bottom line” generally refers to the last line of a financial statement that reveals whether an organization is making a profit or loss. It can also describe the most important thing that should be considered. The bottom line of today’s fraud article...

Investigating the Investigator

The job of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigator is to pursue individuals who break the tax law. So, it is ironic that a Sacramento, California woman, who worked for the IRS Criminal Investigation Division as an investigator, found herself being pursued by...

Stepping on the Little Guys

Fraudsters are very experienced in stepping on the “little guys.” In an ironic twist, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania man – who was deemed a pioneer in standing up for “the little guys” – actually took advantage of them – American tax-paying citizens and the U.S....

Thank You for Not Frauding

The history of “buttlegging,” or cigarette smuggling, is unfortunately rather established on the east coast of the US. The practice has commonly been used by organized crime and terrorist organizations to defraud the government of money and raise illicit funds. In fact,...

Hazy on the Details

Americans spend around $40 billion per year on the purchase of legal and illegal marijuana. While the number of states that have passed legislation legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes and recreational use has increased, it’s still a federal crime to grow...

Henchman

Where there is an abundance of money, greed and corruption are usually nearby. Such is the case with “Operation Spinal Cap,” a massive sting operation run by the Department of Justice (DOJ). A Palm Desert, California man is the latest individual to plead guilty...
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