Thursday, December 2, 2021

Blind Ambition

Blind ambition is a term used to describe someone who is so immersed in a goal that they will do anything and everything to achieve that goal no matter the consequences of their actions. An article published in the New York Daily News describes...

Hungry for Fraud

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2012, the annual expenditure for food by a single consumer was approximately $3,900. The Democrat & Chronicle describes the story of a grocery store operator who received nearly twice that amount in food stamp...

When Identity Fraud Becomes Impersonation

In the past, fraudsters have gone out of their way to commit fraud; digging through trash cans and falsifying documents. Modern technology has enabled fraud to be perpetrated at a more comfortable ''digital'' distance. But today's fraud reported in the New York Daily News...

Falsifying Family Ties

One questionable parenting technique? Exploiting your kids for government services, as did one New York mom, who falsely claimed to the state's Department of Social Services that she had her two children in her custody. The Batavian reports that the woman successfully enrolled in...

This Place is a Zoo

It seems like the unemployment office can be a real zoo. With the New York State Comptroller's Office stopping $90,000 in unemployment checks (being sent to people on vacation...erm...what?), it seems that the animals are clawing at their cages. According to the...

Fraud Posers

Posers give off the false impression that they are part of something because they dress, talk or act like a particular group. In reality, they are just acting the part of someone they are not in order to gain status or a particular benefit....

Culture Shock or Shocking Fraud?

Listen to this Story The United States is far from alone in having government benefits programs, but immigrants must still navigate different customs and procedures here than in the countries of their previous residences. Inadvertent mistakes happen. So does...

Physical Therapy, Occupational Fraud

Listen to this Story The owners and operators of medical clinics should be in business to provide essential treatments and services to people who need them. Unfortunately, according to a story in Capital New York, one woman who owned...

Little Fraud, Red Flag

While it may sound counterintuitive, money made while selling illicit drugs qualifies as "earned income" (no kidding) if you are receiving workers' compensation benefits. A report by The Citizen details a rather strange account of a New Yorker who, having already been convicted on...

Weathering the Fraud Storm

It never ceases to amaze me how many ways fraudsters capitalize on government benefits. (These fraudulent opportunists specialize in lining their pockets with additional cash they don't deserve at the expense of their victims.) An article posted on CSPnet.com explains how convenience store co-owners...
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