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“If They Approve it, Do You Think it’s Illegal?”

Fraudsters have good questions as did Ian Hosang, May 8, 2020, after he was arrested and arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court for grand larceny, identity theft and scheming to defraud the IRS, by establishing fake non-profits with legitimate-sounding names, like “American Cancer Society for...

The Middleman

The value of United States territories, like Puerto Rico, can be argued by proponents and opponents with no end agreement. A fraudster will see value in keeping Puerto Rico as a territory as long as there are social security numbers to be had. Residents of...

Getting Taxpayers the Money they are Owed, Quickly without Identity Fraud

The Kentucky Department of Revenue's (DOR) job is not just to collect taxes, but to get taxpayers the money they are owed as quickly as possible. We are trusted stewards of taxpayer dollars, and we take our responsibility very seriously. In recent years, identity theft-related...

Hide and Seek with Fraud

'Okay everyone? I will count and you go hide? 10...9...8...7...'? If that doesn't bring back childhood memories, I don't know what else will. There is nothing like a good game of hide and seek, especially when you're playing for money and jail time against...

Information at Her Fingertips

No one likes a fraudster, but ones who use the identities of the disabled really move into the lowest category of despicable. Tamara Manuel, of Vallejo CA was sentenced, on June 16th, 2022, for carrying out a fraudulent scheme that involved stealing the identities of...

Layoffs at the Fraud Factory

Creating a rap label to cover up massive fraud fiefdom shows a level of hubris and extravagance that's beyond the average fraudster. The Associated Press reports that a self-proclaimed ''Money King'' attempted to channel more than $100 million in stolen income tax refunds into...

Taxed Out

Can you really have too much of a good thing? For example, have you ever eaten too much – like a whole box of cookies – and found yourself regretting it? Food is just one example. But, fraudsters can sometimes have too much of...

Pen Pal

Prison can get pretty lonely. Even though conditions within the prison system can be quite adverse, many incarcerated individuals cope by studying to further their education, writing articles or stories or adopting a pen pal. (There are many websites that claim to match prisoners...

You Can’t Make This Up

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a great list of tips for choosing a tax return preparer. One tip mentions the importance of reviewing the entire return before signing it. (This is obviously so any errors can be caught before sending it in.) A...

Cashing in on Fraud

Check cashing businesses are convenient because multiple financial needs can be taken care of at one time for a small fee. Customers can pay a variety of bills including utilities, mortgages or credit card bills all at once. Sometimes, small businesses also use check...
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