Thursday, October 6, 2022
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Housing and Disaster Fraud

Safety Net

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a Department of Justice press release entitled, “Wisconsin Farmer Sentenced to Federal Prison for Crop Insurance Fraud.” Jeffrey Lewke (age: 39) was sentenced to six months in federal prison for a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001, making a false statement within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the United States.

Opening the Flood Gates

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a Department of Justice press release entitled, “Baton Rouge Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of Disaster Assistance Funds." Joe W. Jones, 65, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to theft of $13,807 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds in relation to the 2016 Baton Rouge flooding.

[Fraud Trends Series] Trend #7: Housing and Rental Assistance Fraud

The Emergency Rental Assistance program was developed during the COVID-19 pandemic to help alleviate the fears of Americans facing rental debt, evictions, and the basic loss of housing security. The idea was to provide funding to assist households that were unable to pay rent...

Staycation

In 2012, Superstorm Sandy was one of the most destructive hurricanes to ever blow up the Atlantic coastline, ultimately causing an estimated $65 billion in damage. The second most-costly hurricane in U.S. history also opened the floodgates for fraudsters to take advantage of the...

Living Rent-Free

The Section 8 Housing program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is the federal government's program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly and the disabled afford safe and decent housing in the private market. Public Housing...

In High Demand

It's important to have confidence as a business owner. If you present yourself as competent and knowledgeable, you will have a good chance at being successful as long as the product or service you are selling is legal and in high demand. An article...

Excessive Rent

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) aims to provide low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled with the ability to afford safe and sanitary housing in the private market through its Housing Choice Voucher program. Two landlords in Colorado took advantage of...

Spilt Milk

Are you familiar with the saying, ''There's no use in crying over spilled milk?'' The bottom line is, crying won't ''unspill'' the milk. Many fraudsters seem to shed a couple tears when they are facing a judge who is ready to sentence them for...

Waiting for Disaster to Happen

No one with a conscience would ever wish for a natural disaster to happen. However, if you are interested in reaping the benefits of someone else's demise, then you're probably waiting for a natural disaster to happen at any time. (There's always a...

Splitting the Cost of Fraud

There are lots of things that are common to share with a friend, such as a bill for sushi, the cost of a cab ride or a banana split. An article posted on NOLA.com tells about a woman who took advantage of the Federal...
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