Friday, April 23, 2021

Food Stamp Fixer

There's a black market for everything; apparently, even food stamps. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that a Georgia convenience store owner was caught swindling the government out of millions of dollars by paying customers 60 cents for every dollar they sold him in food...

Above Average

Most of the time, it is good to be above average. (For example, if your child scores above average on a college entrance exam, that means they may have a better chance of getting into the college of their choice.) An article published in...

Weathering the Fraud Storm

It never ceases to amaze me how many ways fraudsters capitalize on government benefits. (These fraudulent opportunists specialize in lining their pockets with additional cash they don't deserve at the expense of their victims.) An article posted on CSPnet.com explains how convenience store co-owners...

Stealing from the Hungry

According to the United States Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the average monthly grocery bill for a family of four as of November 2014 is around $900. (That is definitely not cheap.) A story posted on MySanAntonio.com reports on a...

Hungry for Fraud

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which serves millions of low-income people in the United States, is the largest type of government aid available for domestic hunger. (Perhaps that's why it is frequently targeted by fraudsters looking to make a few extra million dollars.)...

Speak Up

Sometimes, you can get into trouble for speaking up, but there also are times when you can find yourself in a predicament by keeping your mouth shut. An article posted on CBSNews.com describes how a Pennsylvania man is accused of neglecting to explain to...

A Gift Horse

When a judge decides to give a convicted criminal a break for his or her offense, it would behoove the criminal to be grateful and not look a gift horse in the mouth. An article in The Oregonian states that a man, who bilked...

The Psychology of Fraud

The term, ''bounded ethicality,'' is used by psychology professionals to describe a notion that most of the unethical behavior people engage in does not occur because they are evil or immoral. They pursue these activities because they are influenced by social stressors, organizational conditions...

Vowing to Fraud

Upon getting married, couples have the option to write their own vows, or recite prewritten vows before the official ''I do.'? I've been to many weddings, and perhaps it's protocol to leave the next statement out, but never have I heard? ''I vow to...

Home Is Where the Fraud Is

We've all heard the expression: ''home is where the heart is.'' For most of us, this sentiment rings true. A home provides a sense of security and shelter. But, times are tough, and not everyone is able to afford housing to meet these needs. That's...
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