Friday, January 22, 2021

Tri-City Scammers

Hundreds of public school employees had their identities stolen as part of a scheme to claim fraudulent unemployment benefits. (Whoever said imitation is the best form of flattery is definitely mistaken in this case.). The employees are part of an unemployment scam targeting members...

The Wheels Never Stopped Turning

Workers compensation is a form of insurance providing supplemental wages and medical benefits to employees injured during the course of their employment. Depending on the injury, workers can either acquire temporary or permanent disability payments and medical benefits. Some fraudsters try to take advantage...

Balancing Act

Balancing acts are one of the primary reasons people of all ages enjoy going to the circus. (Who doesn't like the excitement of watching a performer walk across a tightly strung wire rope while carrying someone on his shoulders and juggling under the big...

Childish Ways

The state of Washington promotes employment by providing child care subsidies to eligible low-income working families through the Working Connections Child Care program. The program uses government funds to provide approximately $300 million in subsidies annually. An in-home daycare provider reverted to childish ways...

Whack a Fraudster

Have you ever stood up fast and whacked your head on something? (It hurts.) A roofing company service technician who hit his head on a support joist at a construction site, injured his neck and subsequently collected more than $12,000 from the Washington State...

When in Doubt, Fraud it Out

Do you ever get that feeling like you shouldn't have to do something? Sometimes there's just no explanation for why you shouldn't have to do it – sometimes you just feel like you should be able to play by a different set of rules....

West Virginia Mistakenly Pays Millions in Unemployment Benefits

Go directly to jail, DO NOT Pass GO! According to the u, the West Virginia Department of Commerce says overpayments occur because people continue to claim unemployment benefits – even after finding a job. Sounds like fraud to me. An investigation from...

There Was a Crooked Man…

Chiropractors are supposed to be master manipulators—of the human spine, that is. But a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia, details the scheme of a chiropractor who manipulated the D.C. Medicaid program out of more than $50,000 with fraudulent...

Grocer Goes for the Green

Many small business owners who operate retail stores struggle to compete with large national chains. However, few try to get a leg up on their competition by committing fraud. The Herald nonetheless reports that a Washington state business owner did just that by paying...

Destitute in Diamonds

While it has been said that diamonds are a girl's best friend, one Seattle resident may insist that it's welfare instead – at least according to today's Fraud of the Day from KATU.com. You'll remember the case; I wrote a commentary on it when the...
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