Tuesday, May 24, 2022

At Risk

According to a recent report from the General Accounting Office (GAO), identity theft cost the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) more than $5 billion during the 2013 tax year. Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' story, reported in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, details how a brother...

Phony Baloney

The federally funded Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program provides healthy foods, health care referrals and nutrition education to at-risk low-income pregnant and postpartum women and infants and children up to age five. Eligible beneficiaries receive food vouchers that can be exchanged for nutritious...

Pretend Play Doesn’t Pay

Most children spend their early years learning how to pretend play. Whether creating adventures with imaginary friends, playing house or make believe, children explore their environment and bring order to their world by using their imagination. Pretend play usually tapers off during the elementary...

Fraudulent Operation

Business owners are responsible for paying a variety of taxes for each employee. This is usually done over four installments during the tax year. An article in the Times of Northwest Indiana reports that an ear, nose and throat surgeon collected the...

What’s Yours is Mine

Fraudsters tend to believe that ''What's yours is mine.'' (They want what their victims have.) Whether motivated by jealousy, greed, envy or selfishness, there are just some people that believe they have the right to take what doesn't belong to them. An article published...

Adjusting to Fraud

Children like pretend play. They can be whomever they like including warriors, princesses, veterinarians or even grocery store clerks. (I doubt many kids pretend to be a fraudster.) At some point, they grow out of that stage and move on to reality. ...

An Inside Fraud Job

Millions of taxpayers trust that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will process their annual tax returns and pay refunds where due. They don't expect to have their identities or their refund checks stolen by government employees working on the inside. An article published in...

How Far Would You Go for a Good Deal?

Everyone is on the lookout for a good deal. A gazillion websites exist just to help us find the right item, in the right color, for a less expensive price – including free shipping. We are bombarded with ads and coupons just about everywhere...

Shortcut to Jail

It's ok to take a shortcut if you're running behind on time and need to get to a destination quickly. It's not ok to take a shortcut to circumvent U.S. immigration law. (Chances are if you disobey the government's system for legal entry and...

If the Shoe Fits

It 's no secret that most women love shoes. It 's not clear whether the woman in today 's "Fraud of the Day" had a shoe fetish, but she most definitely used her position as a store manager for a diabetic footwear store to...
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