Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Back to the Big House

Neither snow nor sleet nor rain nor incarceration can keep some dedicated scammers from launching a fraud. Inmate Sholanda Thomas and parolee Christina Smith were indicted for allegedly cooking up a scheme to take advantage of the COVID-19 boost in unemployment benefits at the...

If You Can’t Fake It, Steal It

The better law enforcement and government agencies get at preventing scams, the more devious and inventive the crooks become. (A twisted variant on “no good deed goes unpunished.”) So it was that the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) found that their successful...

Scheming on the Outside Leads to Being on the Inside

A woman from Glen Allen, Va., recently pleaded guilty to mail fraud after working to obtain unemployment benefits for prison inmates. Virginia Smith, 37, was the ringleader in a scheme to obtain pandemic-related unemployment benefits for 22 individuals behind bars. Smith and an inmate at...

It Wasn’t Me

A man from Southwest Virginia has pleaded guilty to taking part in a pandemic unemployment benefits scheme that defrauded the government of more than $182,474. Travis Kilgore of Wise waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty Thursday to a two-count Information charging...

Tri-State Flim-Flam King  

There’s nothing unusual about some greedy scammer fraudulently obtaining unemployment benefits, but it takes extra chutzpah to run the scam across several states. Alvin Lavon Rex (uh—King of thieves?) of Iowa admitted in a plea agreement that he opened multiple bank accounts in May...

One Pay Out Too Many

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) administrators have stated they believe that fraudsters have gotten away with as much as $30 million in unemployment benefits since the pandemic began. Unfortunately, these fraudulent claim numbers are expected to continue to rise. According to CDLE officials,...

Plan A Leads to Plan J

Unemployment benefits serve as a safety net for workers who have been laid off and are looking and available for work. During the Coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented number of people have benefited from unemployment benefits on both federal and state levels. (It’s nice to...

Card Collector

Are you a sports card collector? As a child, did you seek out antique baseball cards sporting pictures of swinging greats like Babe Ruth, or legendary pitchers such as Satchel Paige and share your collection with friends? (Some of those legendary player cards can...

Mother Doesn’t Always Know Best

When the CARES Act was passed in March 2020, it was meant to provide support to Americans who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was not meant to be used by unscrupulous individuals to assist their children, who were serving time...

Man Who Doesn’t Care Receives Fraudulent CARES Act Funds

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act helps provide emergency financial assistance, including expanded unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to people suffering from the economic struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic. Joseph Ransome, 51, of Indian Trail, N.C., filed for and received unemployment benefits,...

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