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Why Can’t They Work?

Veldreka L. Crockett had one job and one job only, to determine the Medicaid eligibility of incarcerated individuals in the Commonwealth of Virginia. But fraudsters see expansion opportunities when the rest of us don’t, and Crockett saw opportunity with the pandemic and unemployed prisoners. Crockett...

Committing A Fraud As A Fraud

In spring of 2022, the Labor Department testified at a congressional hearing that they estimated there could have been “at least” $163 billion in unemployment-related “overpayments,” an estimate that includes wrongly paid sums as well as benefits obtained by malicious actors. One such malicious actor...

Selling Cocaine or Committing Fraud, It’s Still Illegal

Finding inspiration for lyric is extremely important for any songwriter. But for Fontrell Antonio Baines, also known as Nuke Bizzle, he should have chosen another muse than stealing from the COVID-19 Unemployment fund. Released in a YouTube music video, Baines claimed he fraudulently took...

Her Maserati Did Way More Than 185

When Joe Walsh wrote the song, “Life’s Been Good,” he said his Maserati did 185.  We’re not positive if Jamie Johnson’s Maserati could go that fast, but one thing is for sure, she used hers to drive around to Capital Region area banks in...

Out for a Joyride

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the unemployment rate to rise, while also providing the perfect opportunity for false jobless claims to become rampant in California and across the United States. In fact, California state officials reported that at least $20 billion in fraudulent unemployment...

Fraudster And Friends

Two San Diego residents have been sentenced for their role in a scheme to use prison inmates’ personal information to fraudulently obtain unemployment benefits. Ryan Kubista and Maereichelle Marquez, both pleaded guilty to felony charges for making false statements on an unemployment application. (This...

Time Will Tell

It takes a bold person to plead “not guilty” when the evidence appears to point to guilt. But we have to remember that charges are not convictions, and everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Lestreonia Renee Rodrigue, 26, of Plaquemine,...

Domino Effect

You have to wonder about what might happen if fraudsters actually put in as much effort into working a legitimate job as they do a scam. The global effect might be shocking. Economic productivity would rise. Time lost by victims, offenders, their families, plus...

Bad Habit

There are different types of liars. Pathological liars lie constantly to get their way. Compulsive liars lie out of habit. It’s hard to tell which kind of liar Donna Wasson, 37, of San Antonio, Tex. was, perhaps a little bit of both. She concocted...

Unemployed Behind Bars

It would be an understatement to say that it has been very tough on individuals who have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic. But it is particularly egregious when unscrupulous individuals take advantage of the situation and rob others of unemployment benefits...

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