Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Serving Up Fraud for Dinner

Restaurant customers love to peruse menus for tasty meals that will satisfy their hankerings. (Whether a blue plate special or a gourmet dish, they expect to have a tasty experience no matter how much they pay.) Customers understand that there are additional costs associated...

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...

Patients as Commodities

When you think of the term ''commodity,'' things like oil, natural gas, grain, or livestock come to mind. An article in The Chicago Tribune tells about a doctor known as the ''king of nursing homes,'' who essentially traded patient referrals as commodities. His part...

Ziggies Bad Zag

The idiom regarding ''zigging when one should have zagged'' refers to doing one thing, when something else should have been done. (It usually means that bad choices lead to unfortunate results.) An entrepreneur who owned a restaurant chain named ''Ziggies'' got into trouble when...

Fake It ‘Til You Make It

A family who owned and operated a counseling business in Georgia successfully faked a vast amount of documents, then submitted them to Medicaid. Their fraudulent efforts paid off initially and they received more than $3 million from the government health care benefits program. (However,...

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...

Growing A Crop of Fraud

The American Farm Bureau Federation states that farmers and ranchers only receive 16 cents out of each dollar spent on food. The remainder goes to ''wages and materials for production, processing, marketing, transportation and distribution.'' (Sometimes, when there's a bad year and crop production...

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...

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...

Where You Wish No One Knew Your Name

Cheers, the popular 1980's television sitcom about a bar in Boston, Massachusetts paints a picture of a cozy and friendly establishment where everyone knows your name. The former owner and operator of a sports bar and grill in neighboring New Hampshire fleeced more than...
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