Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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...

Pennsylvania Saves over $25 Million by Cracking Down on Welfare Fraud

Pennsylvania's Department of Welfare is getting tough on welfare fraud and state legislators are taking notice. State Senator David Argall, who served as chairman of the Senate's Government Management and Cost Study Commission last year, recently praised the Department of Welfare's (DPW) actions to...

Seattle Couple Guilty of Long-Running Social Security Fraud Scheme

According to story from The Seattle Times, this fraudster has been cheating the system since he was a child. Anthony Fisher plead guilty with his wife for cheating the state out of more than a quarter million dollars in Social Security fraud. ...

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...

From Destitute in Diamonds to Dawning Detention Gear

I've been writing Fraud of the Day for over a year now – long enough to have chronicled a case about a jet-setting, millionaire couple accused of welfare fraud from the beginning of the investigation to the guilty plea. So, it only seems appropriate...

A Tale of Two (SNAP) Frauds

What drives people to commit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) fraud? I'm sure lots of factors come into play. Maybe it is a crime of opportunity. It could be just about greed. Or...maybe it is even just for kicks. In some cases, we may...

A Stand-Out Effort

I like to commend individuals when they go above and beyond to put additional effort toward a task. There is a certain joy in watching the hard work of another turn into success, especially when we are talking about fighting fraud. I get that...

Business Owners Get Prison Time for Food-Stamp Fraud

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – aka food-stamps – provides eligible beneficiaries with Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards so that recipients can buy food at the store. It sounds pretty straightforward, doesn't it? It is...if everyone follows the rules. But that didn't happen...

Learning a Lesson in Fraud

Take your seats, students. Today's lesson will be in fraud – unemployment fraud to be specific. Now the concept is actually quite simple? to commit unemployment fraud, simply receive unemployment benefits while being employed. Any questions? While the concept may seem easy to understand, one...

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...
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