Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Double Identities

When it comes to applying for and receiving government benefits, our identities play a pretty important role. On paper and online our Social Security numbers (SSN), our birthday, our name and our address define who we are and, frankly, where the agency should send...

Fraud, Fraud and More Fraud

The news of an oil spill is never pleasant. The damage inflicted by the spill on the livelihoods of people in the community and on the environment has the potential to be life changing. And, while we may dislike the inevitable increase in the...

Let’s Play Count the Crimes

Humans count. It's our basic nature to categorize through number. For instance, we may count to rate things? ''How good is this idea on a scale of 1 to 10?'? If we are not rating, perhaps we are counting to keep track of things?...

Teaching Children to Lie

We were always taught never to lie. Whether punished in time out as a child, or punished in jail as adult, the consequences of lying have always been threatening. So, why – when the consequences are so in focus – is it so easy...

Two-Faced Fraud

Anyone ever read comic books? Remember the villain with two different personas? His face was literally split in two: one side was good, and the other was bad. That image may come to mind as you think about today's ''Fraud of...

Double your Crime, Double the Time

So how much of a prison sentence should you get when you not only help people obtain unlawfully produced driver's licenses, but also provide this service exclusively to criminals? We've got double the trouble here, as a New Hampshire dynamic duo teamed up to...

The Rockland County Crack Down

Public assistance benefits, like public housing assistance and funds available through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also known as food stamps, are benefits that exist to help th? needy. When I say ''needy'' I mean people who ''need'' the benefits. And, who decides...

Friends in Fraud

For most of us, the concept of stealing another person's identity is totally incomprehensible. First of all, it's against the law; second, it's completely immoral and third, well...I don't know, your mother probably told you not to do it. But regardless of what your...

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...

Another Lottery Winner Charged with Welfare Fraud

Public assistance programs exist to help members of the public who need assistance. It's really that simple. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that if someone wins the lottery, the chances are excellent that they don't need additional...
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