Friday, January 22, 2021

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....

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...

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...

Clean Up On Aisle Fraud

Imagine walking through the grocery store, your cart tracking through a puddle of spilled milk. Over the loud speaker you hear, ''Clean up, aisle four.'' Tracking milk on your cart's wobbly tires, you easily escape the mess and are back to crossing things off...

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...

Government Agencies: Beat the Fraudsters at Their Own Game

Americans have always been known for their industriousness and creative spirit. The early to mid 1900s saw a boom of immigrant laborers through America's gates, and with those hardy individuals, neighborhoods and businesses consisting of new and different cultures flourished. It wasn't...

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...

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...

In the Business of Food (Stamps)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, exists for one reason? to help those in need afford the ever-rising price of groceries. And who needs help affording groceries more than grocery stores themselves? At least that was the theory behind...
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