Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Fraud Stinks

The goal of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Program is to improve the quality of life in rural America. Billions of dollars in loans and grants are available to qualified individuals, businesses and communities to empower economic development. An article posted...

Nickname for Fraudster

There are many reasons why people have nicknames. Sometimes they are bestowed on someone as a term of endearment or chosen because the person doesn't like their real name. An article published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution details a $1 million tax fraud scam perpetrated...

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. ...

Prescription for Disaster

It must be fun to be an undercover agent. They get to pose as a variety of characters to get sufficient evidence to convict criminals. Sometimes the job is dangerous and involves disguises, but at other times they can pose as a...

Choose Your Friends Wisely

It is important to choose friends and business partners wisely because bad company corrupts good character. An article published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution details the story of nine unscrupulous business associates who ran a scam that bilked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of more...

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...

Food (Stamp Accountability) Pyramid

While there has been much improvement on the Food Pyramid in recent years, alcohol and cigarettes are still not recognized as part of a healthy diet. And, much to one Georgia native's dismay the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) a.k.a. the...

Always Ask Questions

If something sounds too good to be true, be suspicious and ask questions. A story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution tells about how a Georgia tax preparer convinced 5,000 unsuspecting victims to let him submit their tax returns as part of a $5 million tax...

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...

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...
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