Thursday, August 11, 2022

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.

[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...

Home Sweet Fraudulent Home

New York’s Geneva Housing Authority (GHA) strives to improve the quality of life for its community’s lower income residents. The organization administers public and private housing assistance programs that promote decent, affordable and safe housing opportunities, while encouraging economic self-sufficiency. Unfortunately, one of the...

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.

Lying is Never a Good Idea

Telling a lie is never a good idea because eventually, the truth will come out one way or another. A Department of Justice press release details the story of a Washington woman who attempted to tell a few lies on the witness stand to...

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...

Fraud” the Nor’easter

Meteorologists have taken to naming large storms like hurricanes, typhoons and nor'easters to warn people about dangerous incoming storms. At different points in history, officials have explored names to include political figures and even radio names. Today, there is a process to naming large...

The Fraud After the Storm

Hurricane Ike made landfall in September 2008, causing widespread damage across the coastlines of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. At that time, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offered financial disaster benefits to those who were displaced by the hurricane in multiple counties...

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...

Managing the Risk of Fraud

Farmers buy crop insurance to help manage the multitude of risks involved in crop production. Weather and pests are hard to control, so farmers buy an insurance policy to reduce the risk of damage to approved commodities and the potential revenue loss. An article...
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