Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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...

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...

Out of Desperation

Desperation can drive a person to do some strange things, including commit a crime. The Bangor Daily News reports that a Kenyan woman was so desperate to be a U.S. citizen she participated in a fraudulent scheme to marry a Maine resident in...

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....

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...

Bribing the Wrong Person

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) publishes an annual report titled, FY 2013 ICE Immigration Removals, which details statistics on the identification and removal of criminal undocumented immigrants. The report states that during 2013, ICE conducted a total of 368,644 removals of...

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;...

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...

Flirting with Danger and Fraud

The hazards of working in a shipyard are many. While shipyard workers may have a fantastic view of the water, they don’t exactly have a corner office with glass walls. A fall from a very tall ship could cause serious injury, or even death....

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...
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