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Multiple Fraud and Other Offenses

Driving Away Fraud

Once in awhile, bribes can be considered beneficial, as long as they are not illegal and they don't harm anyone. For instance, parents have been known to hand out candy or money rewarding their children's positive behavior. (This might be questionable for some,...

How Low Can a Fraudster Go?

It's bad enough when a fraudster scams one benefit program, but it takes a pretty devious mind to scam multiple programs all at the same time. An article in The Washington Times reports on a Florida woman who received more than $300,000 in...

A Novel Idea

Sometimes, an idea for an intriguing novel comes from real life. Form a plot around a love relationship between a celebrity, her fugitive boyfriend and their lavish lifestyle; add in a police detective gone rogue, stolen money, deception and voilà – you have...

Stealing from Children

The State of New York provides special education services to children of preschool age who have developmental disabilities. Once these children enter kindergarten, these services are usually provided by the public school system. Prior to that time, the state funds authorized contractors, who provide...

Cropping Fraud

Every year, bad weather causes crops to fail. The federal government offers crop protection insurance to farmers, ranchers and other agricultural entities through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), which is managed by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) of the U.S. Department of...

Lottery Loser

Last time I checked, winning the lottery counted as a source of income. For example, if someone had to pay a bill, and miraculously won the lottery, they could use some of their winnings to pay their bill. Seems simple enough, right? Perhaps not...

A Lengthy Rap Sheet

A police record of a person's criminal history, which documents the number of arrests and convictions, is commonly called a ''rap sheet.'' Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' details the story of a Philadelphia man who had a rap sheet a mile long. ...

Disadvantaged

The City of New York's Department of Education distributes federal funding for supplemental education services to benefit students attending under-performing public schools. This means that approved providers can collect more funding from the government if they increase the number of students receiving their...

Hanging Up on Fraud

We live in a day and age when wireless devices outnumber the U.S. population. Even though we are more connected than ever, we tend to take communication for granted and forget that millions of low-income people can't afford phone service. The Federal...

Stopping Payments to the Dead

In today's world of fiscal uncertainty, it's not hard to find a story in the news where an elected official talks about dysfunctional government, increasing taxes or budget cuts. As the saying goes, it seems the only things we can really count on in...
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