Friday, January 22, 2021

A Novel Idea

Sometimes, an idea for an intriguing novel comes from real life. Form a plot around a love relationship between a celebrity, her fugitive boyfriend and their lavish lifestyle; add in a police detective gone rogue, stolen money, deception and voilà – you have...

Daddy’s Girl

There is a special place in a father's heart for a daughter – it is a special bond that only those two can understand. But, could such a bond translate into fraud? According to a Seattle Times article, the passing of a father led...

Steal $177K and Get Four Months in Prison?

Lots of times, we read about cases of fraud and wonder about the back story. How did the individual decide to commit the fraud? Where did he or she come up with the idea? And, what made the defendant move forward and implement the...

Someone Call a Doctor…and a Lawyer

There's always one sentence you cringe to hear? ''Someone call a doctor!'? Can you imagine that sentenced coupled with? ''...and a lawyer!'? A plethora of horrid situations come to mind when someone utters those pleas. According to a Robesonian article a Medicaid fraudster seemed...

Homestead Exemption Haven

Most people only live in one house. Some people may have a vacation house, but generally one home is enough. But alas, not for the fraudsters of Florida, who never cease to amaze me. Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' from NorthEscambia.com, which reports that...

Where to Begin…

Here's one you don't see every day? people joining together to defend a man who helped them steal tax refund money from the government. Oddly enough, that's the story in today's ''Fraud of the Day'' from SeattlePI.com about a man who coached people on...

Family Frauds Together for 31-Years

Guess the saying ''the apple doesn't fall far from the tree'' aptly applies to one Seattle family. A report by the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Social Security Administration outlines the crimes of a family of four that have been claiming disability...

Bar Fight + Stolen Wallet = Over 30 Years of Identity Fraud

Today's fraud begins in 1977. That year a gallon of gas cost 65 cents, ''Star Wars'' opened in theaters across the country, the first Apple II computers went on sale and a 25-hour black out occurred in New York City. And, according to a...

Federal Inspectors Knew Woman Living in $1.2M Home Received Housing Assistance

Today's fraud is a follow up from my comments on a story I posted last week about the Seattle, WA woman who lived in million dollar home and allegedly collected public housing assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. KGW.com reports that federal housing...

Five Very Hungry People

You've heard of hot dog eating contests, or pie-eating contests, or contests that test a contestant's abilities to consume unfathomable quantities of pizza – but what about $6 million worth? Impossible, you say? Not according to the state of Georgia, which as WTOC reports...
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