Wednesday, June 23, 2021

This Place is a Zoo

It seems like the unemployment office can be a real zoo. With the New York State Comptroller's Office stopping $90,000 in unemployment checks (being sent to people on vacation...erm...what?), it seems that the animals are clawing at their cages. According to the...

Chicago Man Helped Ineligible Claimants Collect Unemployment Benefits

Stealing government benefits seems to be a recurring theme among prisoners. With so many different types of assistance available, fraudsters think their little schemes can easily go unnoticed – that is until one of your cohorts starts cooperating with the police. Today's Fraud of...

No More Crimes without Fines

When a criminal steals something from a store – let's say an expensive piece of jewelry – he or she usually is required to provide restitution (i.e., give the item back) and receive a punishment, such as a heavy fine and/or jail time. That's...

Illinois Court Upholds Eight-Year Unemployment Fraud Sentence

If you are a frequent reader of ''Fraud of the Day,'' you know that we highlight articles on different types of fraud, so federal, state and local agencies can be armed with information about how the frauds are occurring and what can be done...

Doubling Down on Fraud

Listen to this Story You can't collect unemployment benefits if you are working. You also can't collect unemployment benefits if you're in prison. (Although many incarcerated people have jobs or roles in prison, they are unquestionably not available for...

Accountability

Fraudsters don't generally like to be held accountable for their illegal actions. (They like to get away with as much as they can, regardless of the impact it has on their victims.) An article published in the South Florida Business Journal follows an industrious...

Unemployment Insurance Program under Scrutiny for Three Years – Finally Cracks Down

How did it take an unemployment insurance program that has been under scrutiny for the last three years until now to finally crack down on fraud by 130 city workers in Washington, D.C.? We may not know why, but according to The Washington Post,...

The $434 Million ”Oops…”

This fraud of the day chronicles a commendable investigation by ABC15 of Arizona. Compelled by the plight of the state's unemployed, who have had an increasingly difficult time making ends-meet, the investigators obtained records showing that ''many people receiving benefits in Arizona are not...

Innocent Until I Show Them My Tattoo

We love watching criminals make fools of themselves or better yet, getting caught because they do dumb things. One particular criminal outdid himself and was sentenced to prison after the tattoo of the murder scene depicted on his back was used as evidence against...

Raise Your Hand if You Want Benefits!

Unemployment benefits can be a critical lifeline for those who find themselves in hard times and without a paycheck. In fact, these benefits helped keep 3.2 million Americans out of poverty in 2010. That's the good news. As with most things...

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