Thursday, December 2, 2021

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...

Fueling Fraud

Beginning in May 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act required petroleum refiners and importers to have renewable fuel in their product mixes. They could meet this requirement by purchasing credits from renewable fuel producers. A Department of Justice press release tells about how...

Web of Fraud

When the Internet was first created, it was intended to be a tool for scientists to share information. Now, the World Wide Web connects every one who can get online, provides a mechanism for commerce that delivers goods and services all over the world,...

Insider Trading

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....

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...
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