Saturday, January 23, 2021

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...

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....

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...

Full of Surprises

Life can be full of surprises. A former corrections officer, who was deemed a contributing member of society, made a bad decision and surprised the judge who delivered his sentence for carrying out six figures worth of worker's compensation fraud. The 44-year-old man qualified for...

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...

Lying is Never a Good Idea

Telling a lie is never a good idea because eventually, the truth will come out one way or another. A Department of Justice press release details the story of a Washington woman who attempted to tell a few lies on the witness stand to...

The Death of Fraud

County Coroners usually investigate human deaths, whenever victims die unexpectedly or suspicious circumstances are involved. Their job is to provide confirmation and certification that a person is deceased. Corners can be appointed or elected officials and they come from all walks of life. (They...

A Proper Punishment

We have the privilege to live in a democratic country where we've created a justice system to deliver proper punishment when needed. But how do we define ''proper'' punishment? Perhaps we should just flip a coin? heads for five years, tails for 10 years....

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...

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...
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