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An Advantage Over Other Fraudsters

Reyes De La Cruz had an advantage over the other fraudsters who were stealing identities and filing bogus COVID-19 Unemployment Claims. De La Cruz was gainfully employed by the Washington State Employment Security Department as an unemployment insurance specialist. Apparently no one was reviewing...

Bellhop, Don’t Forget The Bags

Oscar Abreu, Rafael Grullon and Aldo Palomino Jr. had a comfortable set up committing fraud during the day and counting the money in their hotel room at night. Until the ringleader forgot to move incriminating evidence when she was forced to change rooms at...

Social Media As A Weapon

Research by Global WebIndex shows that 58.4% of the world’s population uses social media with average daily usage at 2 hours and 27 minutes (January 2022). The power of social media brings the ability to connect and share information with anyone on Earth, or with...

Scams You Haven’t Even Dreamed Of

In the movie “Shawshank Redemption” the lead character, a prisoner named Andy famously says “He’s got scams you haven’t even dreamed of. Kickbacks on his kickbacks. There’s a river of dirty money running through this place.” That is what you could say about real...

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...

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