Thursday, December 2, 2021

Foolish Fraudster

There are a variety of jokes about the number of fools it takes to complete a simple task, such as screwing in a lightbulb. Similarly, have you ever wondered how many times a foolish fraudster gets away with lies before they get caught?'' (According...

Repeat Offender

Some people never learn from their mistakes and seem doomed to repeat them. And, when it comes to committing fraud, being ''doomed'' is often equal to winding up in jail, probation or at least with some type of penalty. That's the case in today's...

Circumventing the Process

Robert Curtis, 63, of Winslow, Me., circumvented the eligibility process for receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and made quite a bit of money from the government while also receiving income as a medication deliverer. He pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud and is...

Facing Change: From Home to Prison Cell

Abdirashid Ahmed, 41, and Garat Osman, 35, have been sentenced for committing health care fraud. The two Lewiston men were interpreters who conspired with local mental health counseling services to fraudulently obtain funds from MaineCare. Between November 2015 and May 2018, Ahmed worked with...

Don’t Mess with Maine!

Mainers have a reputation for having a strong work ethic. Most Mainers appreciate having a job and are known for arriving on time, putting in a full day, and working to the best of their ability. They don't have any use for freeloaders and...

Woman Convicted in Welfare Fraud Case

There are a lot of people out there who need welfare benefits. Most of those people follow the process and apply for the assistance they need by truthfully and accurately filling out the necessary applications. That was not the case, according to a recent...

Easy as 1-2-3

It's not hard to qualify as an authorized Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailer. In fact, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) website touts that eligible vendors can apply for the ability to accept SNAP benefits in...

Fraud Upon Fraud

Desperation is a dangerous state of mind. The Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal has the story of one mother in Maine, who, in addition to submitting falsified applications for welfare, sold her son's prescription ADHD medication for cash—and did so within a drug-free zone. According to the...

Oh Canada!

Sometimes a fraud comes along that has so many moving parts, they seem like they might make good elements of a novel. Take today's fraud from the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal, for example. It involves a villain – the fraudster; a victim – the taxpayer;...

The Worst of Intentions

Some people can have the best of intentions. For instance, you might remember a month in advance that your spouse's birthday is coming up. You may have the best intention of making fine dining reservations, booking a babysitter and wrapping a special gift. Then...
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