Saturday, April 17, 2021

Colorado Frauds Climb to New Heights

Unemployment claims have skyrocketed in recent months due to the pandemic. An increased likelihood of fraud corresponds with the rise in unemployment claims as fraudsters seek to take advantage of the national crisis. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has reported a substantial increase...

Tri-City Scammers

Hundreds of public school employees had their identities stolen as part of a scheme to claim fraudulent unemployment benefits. (Whoever said imitation is the best form of flattery is definitely mistaken in this case.). The employees are part of an unemployment scam targeting members...

Exploiting Laborers – and Healthcare Services

Worker’s Compensation Insurance fraud often calls to mind employees who fake or exaggerate an injury to claim benefits—but there are also plenty of fraudsters on the employer side. One of them, a Minnesota construction contractor, pleaded guilty In November 2019 to labor trafficking and...

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...

Poster Child

The only thing worse than being prosecuted for fraud is becoming the poster child for fraud. That is the case for a Fitchburg, Massachusetts man who tried to get away with more than $8,000 in unemployment benefits he did not deserve. The New Hampshire Department...

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...

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...

Entitlement Can Be a Dirty Word

Entitlement can be a dirty word depending on how it is used. It can either mean that an individual has a legitimate right to something, or it can mean that someone has a belief that they deserve certain privileges or special treatment, when they...

The Dark Side

A recent study suggests that 25 percent of Bitcoin users are associated with illegal activity. Today’s fraudster from Illinois fits into that category. He committed identity theft fraud by purchasing the identities of people in 38 states from the dark web using Bitcoin, then...

Making Things Right

To qualify for unemployment benefits, there are a few requirements to be met and some pretty straightforward rules to be followed. For example, a person must be completely unemployed or working less than full-time hours to qualify for unemployment benefits. Also, applicants who are...

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