Monday, September 20, 2021

When Good Role Models Go Bad

Positive role models are supposed to provide a good example. (They are badly needed today, especially in areas where there are disadvantaged youth.) A press release from the Commonwealth of Virginia Office of the Attorney General details the story of a positive role model...

It’s A Sign of Fraudulent Times

According to the National Academy of Social Insurance, employer costs for workers’ compensation totaled more than $96.5 billion in 2016. While most workers’ compensation claims are considered to be legitimate, the Department of Labor estimates that between one and two percent of all workers’...

Pruned

Individuals who work in the landscaping business have lots of opportunities to injure themselves while on-the-job. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that landscaping is one of the highest hazard industries with a fatality rate of 25.1 per 100,000 workers. (The...

Uncaring CARES Fraudster

A Texas woman, La Donna Higgins, 37, allegedly used $3.7 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan funds to buy herself two houses, multiple cars, and a wide array of luxury goods. (Meanwhile, thousands of businesses permanently closed, while families on the brink deferred...

Vowing to Fraud

Upon getting married, couples have the option to write their own vows, or recite prewritten vows before the official ''I do.'? I've been to many weddings, and perhaps it's protocol to leave the next statement out, but never have I heard? ''I vow to...

Faking It Didn’t Make It

You've probably heard the catchphrase ''fake it 'til you make it.'' It suggests that if you are lacking assurance that you can do something, feigning confidence will actually enable you to be confident in your abilities. This works well if you are...

Tattle Tale

Children are famous for tattling. While the behavior can be very annoying to parents or anyone within earshot, it does show that the child is able to distinguish right from wrong and wants justice. (This is a good thing.)An article in the Burlington Free...

Walking Down the Aisle for the Wrong Reason

There are many reasons to get married, but using it as a means to gain U.S. citizenship is definitely a bad reason to walk down the aisle. A story published in The Dallas Morning News follows a family scheme headed up by a mother...

The High Price of SIRF

Stolen Identity Tax Refund (SIRF) fraud costs the United States Treasury and law abiding taxpayers billions of dollars. (Perpetrators of SIRF fraud are difficult to catch and prosecute because it is easy to hide behind the anonymity of electronic tax returns.) A story posted...

Prison is No Laughing Matter

Punishment for identity theft fraud is no joke, and definitely not during a pandemic. Emilee Fenton and Dalton Brewer, both 24, of Gilmer, Tex., are each facing up to 15 years in federal prison for conspiring to commit identity theft related to COVID economic...
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