Monday, February 6, 2023

The Land of Free Benefits

When Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner, he described the United States as the land of the free and the home of the brave. (Nothing about it being a great place for foreign fraudsters to receive free benefits).According to Las Vegas television...

Zombie Fraud

It's pretty common to hear about fraud cases where the identity of a deceased person has been stolen by a criminal and used to collect a variety of government benefits for years before getting caught. Sadly, a story in the Conroe-Montgomery County Patch profiles...

A Trail of Fraud

For some criminals, fraud is self-perpetuating. One successful take leads to another and the cycle repeats, until they get caught. According to an article published in the Post Independent, a woman started out with one crime, got caught, pleaded guilty, served time, committed another...

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed…or Embezzled?

Marrying a person so that they can remain in the United States is not only a federal crime, it's also an extremely complicated scam to pull off. Someone attempting this probably wouldn't want to test their chances, by committing, say, additional frauds. (No happy...

This Spells Trouble

Many doctors are accused of having bad handwriting. But one who can't spell his or her own name? That's going to trigger a fraud alert. The Daily News reports that a spelling error on a New York welfare claim inspired authorities to double-check its...

A Different Kind of Washington Cartel

Most of us can agree that there's little worse than stealing from children. Unfortunately, kids are an easy target, and especially those whom have been in trouble with the law. The Washington Post has the story of an employee at the D.C. Department of...

Lyin’ for Lunches

Who else has trouble stifling a smile, when the ''Hall Monitor'' is caught breaking the rules? The Washington Post has the adult version: An employee with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently was exposed for fraudulently obtaining subsidized school lunches. The public employee, who also...

More than Your Own Slice of the Pie

A California pizza shop owner is in big trouble for withholding the government's piece of the pie. Bay City News reports that this pizza punk was caught not only evading payroll taxes, but also fudging employee numbers to drive down the cost of his...

Gambling with Fraud is a Losing Bet

You'd think that someone who used to own a bail bonding company would be well aware of the costs of running afoul of the law. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a Virginia man, who also was a former tax preparer who once unsuccessfully campaigned...

Some Habits Are Hard To Break

Note to self: While working on one's car in a public space, the convenience of balancing highly addictive narcotics on its hood may be outweighed by the risk of being detained—especially if the vehicle may have been stolen. (This has been your ''Courtesy Common...
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