Sunday, March 7, 2021

COVID Feature: Doggone Fraudsters

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our daily routines, kept us distanced from friends, family and community, and increased anxiety in many lives. However, individuals who have pets enjoy the company they provide and tend to report lower levels of anxiety and stress, especially during...

Not So Easily Fooled

Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers are responsible for a considerable part of healthcare fraud, including overbilling or billing insurance for services that are never provided. (Isn’t it ironic and sad that the people whom the public trusts to help them stay healthy are...

Over and Above

Fraudsters are in business to make as much money as quickly as possible. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that they would submit claims to a government health care program undercharging for services. The owners of a non-emergency medical transport company went over and above...

Committing Crime while Doing Time

Sometimes people just don't learn from their mistakes – or their punishment. While most inmates don't necessarily take the time we wish they would to reflect upon what they've done and think of ways they can change, they may learn a bit about what's...

Pointing the Finger at Fraud

Human fingerprints have been used to positively identify criminals for centuries. The failsafe method proved useful again when fingerprints were recently used to positively identify a fraudster from Idaho who tried to commit passport fraud. According to the U.S. Marshals Service, fingerprints are an infallible...

Risky Business

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) exists to protect vulnerable children who are at risk for being neglected or abused. The state agency provides permanent families for children who cannot safely return home; supports early intervention and child abuse prevention activities;...

Bad Credit

Unless you have a large stash of cash at your disposal, you have to borrow money to buy things you need or want. Large ticket items, like a new house or automobile usually require a loan from a financial institution. (Or you could try...

Dimming the Lights

Children are beacons of light and hope for the world. Most parents want their children to have a bright future and will go to great efforts to provide the best educational opportunities available. However, not everyone can afford to send their children...

The Homeless and Dead Apply for Student Aid

The Grand Rapids Press reports that Raymond Coleman allegedly obtained personal information of homeless people by falsely claiming to represent an agency that helps the homeless. He is accused of then using that information to apply for federal student loan assistance. The article also...

A ‘Cozy’ Crime

Some employers put entirely unreasonable expectations on their staffs. A recent report by The State Journal-Register details such a case, in which a café owner looking to fudge his business tax numbers coerced his employees into registering the restaurant under their own names. (Exploiting...
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