Thursday, December 2, 2021

Faux “the Name. Fraud” the Game.

It 's ironic (or maybe it 's not) that today 's fraudster 's last name is "Faux." (As in fake.) True to her name, the woman faked her way through fraudulent Medicare claims, falsified patient records at her physical therapy practice and managed to...

Switcheroo

Fraudsters use many tactics to avoid getting caught by government authorities. One of those methods involves changing business names, so investigators are thrown off the trail. A husband and wife who owned and operated a construction business near Huntington, West Virginia pulled a switcheroo...

The Heart of the Matter

What lies at the heart of all fraud is the desire to enrich one's own life at the expense of others. In an elaborate and sophisticated tax fraud scheme, a restaurant owner in Arizona used illegal aliens and the federal government to amass a...

Role Reversal

Parents have an enormous responsibility when it comes to raising their children to be a good citizen. It's their job to instill character and instruct them on how to behave appropriately. Apparently, a Georgia woman and her incarcerated son reversed roles and the son...

Behaving Badly

A former well-respected attorney in Santa Barbara, California behaved badly by not paying his taxes. He used the unpaid taxes to live a lavish lifestyle and to go gambling. The former criminal defense attorney neglected to report that he had earned $3,590,185 to the Internal...

The Perfect Plot

Filmmaking is a risky business and in order to get investors to commit to a project, movie producers often look for tax incentives to entice a production company to come to a particular location to film. Company executives are usually sent in to hire...

Blowing Down Straw Houses

As the tale of the Three Little Pigs illustrates, houses made of straw do not last very long. (Neither do businesses who try to launder illegally gained funds through straw companies.) An owner of a home health care agency who tried to bilk Medicare...

Duping with Dad

When a group of people set their minds on defrauding the government, and try really hard to do so, they'll find a way. But they won't as easily find a way out of prison. Recently, the U.S. Attorney General's office exemplified this in a...

The Truth about Lying

Never lie to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). (Falsifying information about your earnings is not a good idea at all.) A New Hartford businessman tried to avoid paying taxes by reporting incorrect earnings on his business tax returns, but eventually, the IRS caught him...

Double Trouble

Among fraudsters, the most dangerous perpetrators are those who have a professional familiarity with the system they are trying to defraud. The latest example of those who see fraud as just business as usual comes to us via a press release from the U.S....
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