Monday, February 6, 2023

Sympathy Card

Everyone loves to get a letter in the mail when most mail is usually filled with bills and unwanted advertisements. Except for Georgia’s Governor Kemp. A recent letter Governor Kemp received was sent January 8, 2023 from the Georgia Office of the Inspector General....

Fake Entrepreneur

There are many challenges that go along with becoming an entrepreneur. A solid business plan and a product or solution in high demand is central to a company 's success. Then there 's the financing part and the need for an intelligent and efficient...

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...

Theft by Deception

In general terms, theft by deception is an intentional act by which someone creates or uses false information to obtain something, whether it is a service or a piece of property. There are several ways to commit this type of crime including: writing bad...

For Better or For Worse, but Mostly Worse

Farren Ricketts, 30, of Lee County, Va., pleaded guilty to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft for carrying out a pandemic-related unemployment fraud scheme. According to court documents, Ricketts conspired with others to file claims for pandemic-related unemployment benefits. Apparently, Ricketts filed claims for individuals...

Bad Habit

There are different types of liars. Pathological liars lie constantly to get their way. Compulsive liars lie out of habit. It’s hard to tell which kind of liar Donna Wasson, 37, of San Antonio, Tex. was, perhaps a little bit of both. She concocted...

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...

Fraud as a Side Job

The Northwest Indiana Times tells the story of a working woman in Gary, Indiana, whose theft of nearly $15,000 in unemployment benefits was uncovered by a diligent employee at the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The Indiana DWD is responsible for identifying unemployment benefit...

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...

Her Maserati Did Way More Than 185

When Joe Walsh wrote the song, “Life’s Been Good,” he said his Maserati did 185.  We’re not positive if Jamie Johnson’s Maserati could go that fast, but one thing is for sure, she used hers to drive around to Capital Region area banks in...