Sunday, March 7, 2021

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...

Not for Sissies

Growing old is not for sissies. Not only do the aches and pain increase as you age, but so do the number of criminals who seek to target the elderly. An article published by the Chicago Sun-Times tells about a suburban Chicago psychologist who...

Not Genuine

Genuine is not usually a characteristic you could use to describe fraudsters; however, an article published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tells about two brothers who were genuine in their attempts to commit food stamp fraud through the East St. Louis market they owned...

The Millionaires Club

It's not easy to start a business. There's funding to worry about, and payroll to be made. There's location decisions – and, of course, all of the complications of the tax code. Some people fail and some succeed. If the allegations are true, the...

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;...

When the Fraud Hits the Fan

Listen to this Story Today's fraud is a real doozy. The Alton Telegraph reported in a story on October 15 that a woman from Brighton, Ill., who offered her services as a personal assistant and nurse to elderly Medicaid...

Indiana’s Identity Protection Program – the Secret for Success

As the 2016 individual tax season begins, we must be ever vigilant in protecting that most sensitive of information – taxpayers' PII. As a 2014 Pew Research Center study clearly demonstrates, Americans have real concerns about the institutional security of their personal information. As...

No Free Rides

Medicaid pays for non-emergency ambulance transportation costs as long as a doctor provides a statement justifying the need for the service. (Medicaid beneficiaries are eligible for this service if they don't have a working vehicle or a driver's license; have a mental or physical...

Home Alone

Unless you have a clone, it is pretty hard to be in two places at once. However, an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a man was able to defraud an Illinois health care program by submitting false bills while serving time...

Exchanging Visas for Jail Time

Have you had the opportunity to travel internationally? Whether you're jet-setting to shady palm trees in the Caribbean, or on a student exchange program, you'll need to be well-versed on the appropriate identification documents necessary for travel. Let's look at the reverse; for example,...
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