Wednesday, March 3, 2021
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Housing and Disaster Fraud

Dark Clouds Are Building

Spring has given way to summer and both seasons have been chock full of heavy storms. While we think Mother Nature is the only thing to fear as tornados and hurricanes run roughshod over the country, we should remember that the fraudsters targeting disaster...

Cultivating Fraud

Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a federal jury found a Bastrop farmer guilty last week of creating shell farms so he could receive more than $1.6 million in subsidy payments to which he was not entitled.

Sticky Fingers

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Elmont woman to serve up to 3 years for welfare fraud, AG says” posted on NewsDay.com. An Elmont woman will serve up to 3 years in prison for her role in what prosecutors said was a scheme that allowed her to receive welfare benefits for which she wasn’t eligible.

Reprobate Rebate

Rebates are used to entice customers to buy a product or service. For example, a common sales promotion might include $100 off the retail price if you purchase within a certain time frame, such as during a Labor Day Sale. After submitting the rebate...

From Destitute in Diamonds to Dawning Detention Gear

I've been writing Fraud of the Day for over a year now – long enough to have chronicled a case about a jet-setting, millionaire couple accused of welfare fraud from the beginning of the investigation to the guilty plea. So, it only seems appropriate...

A Storm of Fraud

Spring and summer bring along unstable weather to the United States, sometimes birthing tornadoes in the areas between the Rocky Mountains and Appalachian Mountains. We cringe when the news features the tornado damage of a string of severe storms, depicting structures and lives torn...

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...

Two Timing the Government

When we hear that someone is accused of ''two-timing,'' it's usually in the capacity of dating. However, two-timing isn't exclusive to the dating world; rather, fraudsters have taken a liking to the activity, according to a Galloway Patch article. After the nor'easter of March 2010,...

A Public Housing Fraudster Moves to the Big House

Everyone needs a roof over their heads. But times are tough and making the monthly rent payment is hard for some families. That's where Section 8 public housing assistance comes in. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides federal funding to...

Fraud Forecast

Hello, folks. Today we are going to take a look at our fraud forecast. We currently see that individuals have made a habit of taking advantage of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) disaster relief fund. Luckily for you FEMA, we are looking at...
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