Thursday, January 20, 2022

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...

Theft by Deception

In general terms, theft by deception is an intentional act by which someone creates or uses false information to obtain something, whether it is a service or a piece of property. There are several ways to commit this type of crime including: writing bad...

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...

Disabling Welfare Fraud

Disability claims examiners have the job of deciding whether or not the claims made by benefit applicants are valid or not, ensuring that only qualified beneficiaries receive government assistance. An article posted on CentralMaine.com tells the story of a former state disability claims examiner...

To Take or Not to Take Responsibility

When a defendant enters an Alford Plea, it means that there is not an admission of guilt. Even though the person entering the plea maintains his or her innocence, the court treats the plea as if it were a ''guilty'' plea. (Confused yet?) An...

Digging a Deeper Hole

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program helps pay for expenses like food, shelter and utilities when times are tough. It is supposed to lend assistance to those who qualify for and deserve financial support during difficult times. An article published in the...

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...

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...

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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