Wednesday, June 23, 2021

COVID Feature: The Fraud Pandemic

Fraudsters tend to exploit those who are most vulnerable. The nation as a whole is at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic and has become a victim of fraudsters seeking to take advantage of the situation for their own financial gain. The Inspector General of...

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...

COVID Feature: Falling Through the Cracks

New York’s Department of Labor has been busy since the coronavirus stuck the state, making it one of the hardest hit areas in the country as indicated by the number of residents applying for unemployment benefits. In the past few months New York has...

Peace, Love & Serenity

Fraudsters often see their state’s unemployment programs as an opportunity to fraudulently receive funds by applying for benefits using stolen or fake information. (This is especially true during the coronavirus pandemic.) Two Michigan residents have been charged for their roles in a scheme to defraud...

An Unemployed Fraudster

Ronald Smith of Virginia Beach has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and fraudulently collecting federal unemployment benefits. The wire fraud charge is in response to his involvement in an internet scam that stole $1,287,000 from 1,700 victims. (Smith was convicted for a similar scam...

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...

It Adds Up

Peru resident Tina D. Collins, 45, pled guilty to unemployment insurance fraud in Miami County Superior Court 2. Through the use of agency records, an Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) employee began an investigation and determined that Collins was working and receiving wages while claiming unemployment insurance benefits.

Hustling in Jail

You may have recently read a Fraud of the Day blog about an inmate named Levi Stroud, whose mother was filing for CARES Act unemployment benefits under his name, even though he was serving time in prison. It turns out that Stroud and his...

Road Show

Unemployment insurance benefits are funded through taxes paid for by employers. (Unlike Social Security benefits, workers do not have to pay into the system through paycheck deductions.) The insurance program is intended to provide temporary income for workers who are either partially or fully...

COVID Feature: Busy Year for Fraud

The Department of Justice has been quite busy since COVID-19 turned the world upside a year ago. The pandemic that has plagued the world has also spurred many opportunities for fraud, especially in the area of unemployment. Today’s fraudster is Dennis George Chinn of...

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