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Apparently, You’re Unemployed

  When you think of all the things that identity theft fraud can impact, credit card spending sprees, bogus tax return refunds, and illegally-acquired student and auto loans come to mind. One thing that doesn’t get mentioned a lot is the link between identity theft...

An Inside Job

A Detroit, Mich., woman is facing charges for defrauding the state of Michigan all from the comfort of her couch. Brandi Hawkins is charged with wire fraud and money laundering. She is also accused of defrauding the state of Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA)...

Illinois Man Collects Unemployment Insurance Benefits While Earning Paycheck

Today's Fraud of the Day describes the case of an Alton, Illinois man, who was sentenced to five years of probation for defrauding the unemployment insurance program. (He got off easy if you ask me.) Unemployment insurance fraud happens when someone makes a false...

Smoked

Smoked salmon had a part to play in today’s “Fraud of the Day” article. A Gouldsboro, Maine woman, who was on the hook for embezzling money from a smoked salmon seafood business she managed, also committed unemployment fraud while working at a café/deli in...

No Rhyme or Reason

To qualify for and collect unemployment benefits under the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency, an individual must meet certain eligibility requirements. (Benefits aren’t just handed out without a rhyme or reason.) A Detroit man tried to circumvent those requirements and committed unemployment fraud in the...

Bad Habit

Everyone has a vice, whether it be procrastination, bingeing on Netflix, spending too much time on social media, or something much worse. A Waterbury, Connecticut man, who admitted he had a heroin habit, conspired with his ex-wife to support this bad habit by lying...

Biding Time

While fraudsters are generally selfish and greedy people, they tend to be very patient when orchestrating a scam. A San Francisco Bay area resident bided his time while secretly working to steal a quarter of a million dollars in an unemployment insurance fraud scheme. (Fortunately, the...

A Sucker for Fraud

Unemployment insurance provides benefits and wage replacement through the state to those who are unable to secure employment through no fault of their own. Of course, this excludes fraudsters who are looking to make a quick buck off those less fortunate. Fraudsters often lie...

Working at Not Having a Job

In order to legally collect unemployment benefits in California, an individual must have past earnings that meet certain minimum thresholds; be unemployed through no fault of their own; and, be able, available and actively seeking a job. An Anaheim, California woman circumvented this well-defined process by...

Vulnerable

People who enjoy caring for others can have a rewarding career as a home health aide. Those who choose the profession take care for vulnerable patients who suffer from chronic illnesses or disabilities, are elderly, or need care in their own homes. Even though...

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