Friday, February 26, 2021

How a Tax Identity Fraud Scam Impacted Our Members

Early in 2014, the Maine Medical Association (MMA) began receiving reports from member physicians that they had been victims of identity theft leading to a tax refund fraud scam. They learned about the scam when they filed their state or federal tax return and...

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...

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;...

Striking a Nerve

Listen to this Story Pain can be debilitating. (Thankfully, there are a variety of methods available for treating chronic and acute ailments.) A Department of Justice press release tells about how a physician specializing in interventional pain management and...

Sentencing Dead on Arrival

Listen to this Story Social Security exists to help ensure that at-risk populations experience respectable standards of living. The program helps millions of elderly and disabled people throughout the United States. But what happens to their benefits when they...

Collusion

Collusion is usually not a good thing. When people collude, they are usually trying to deceive or mislead. A story published by the Portland Press Herald tells about a husband and wife team who colluded about their living situation in order to collect state...

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...

Blank Check

Having a blank check is almost like winning the lottery. Having access to the whole checkbook of blank checks is even better. An article published by The Portland Press Herald details how a woman used her deceased mother's checkbook to write herself a few...

Well That’s Not Fair

Some things in life aren't fair. If all was fair in love and war, the world would likely be full of fraudsters. To reinforce a sense of fairness, the U.S. government strives to remove fraudsters from programs that are intended to provide assistance to...

A Drop in the Bucket

Fraud can go undetected when small amounts of money are taken over time. An article published by the Capital Gazette tells the story of one woman who ran a small scale tax fraud scam and stole more than $12,000 in Maryland state tax refunds....
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