Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Placing a High Priority

The government places a high priority on prosecuting criminals who use stolen identities to file fictitious income tax returns and claim fraudulent refunds. A Department of Justice (DOJ) press release details how one man victimized a wide variety of vulnerable people by participating in...

Bold-faced Lie

It is amazing how many people commit fraud by telling bold-faced lies. (In their brazenness, criminals usually don't consider the repercussions of their actions until they are caught.) A story published by The Kent Reporter tells about a middle-aged man who lied about his...

Mooch

Moochers are usually not well thought of, and neither are fraudsters. (Both prey on the generosity of others to get something they really don't deserve.) Not all moochers are fraudsters, but fraudsters are generally considered to be moochers. An article published by the Charleston...

Nothing Is As It Seems

Appearances are hard to keep up. We can pretend that all is well by smiling on the outside, but most people – except those closest to you – don't really know what you're like on the inside. All others know about you is what...

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...

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...

Accidental Lying

Accidents can happen anywhere, anytime. A construction worker can fall from scaffolding and break his leg. An office manager might pick up a heavy box and throw out her back. Any number of unfortunate events can occur, preventing a person from working temporarily or...

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...

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....

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....
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