Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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...

Biting Off More Than Can Be Chewed

Sometimes, a person who bites off more than he or she can chew can get into some big trouble. An article published in The Roanoke Times is not talking about a person who ate too much, but a woman who got in over her...

Family Frauds Together for 31-Years

Guess the saying ''the apple doesn't fall far from the tree'' aptly applies to one Seattle family. A report by the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Social Security Administration outlines the crimes of a family of four that have been claiming disability...

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...

Risky Business

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Alexandria Business Owner Pleads Guilty To Medicaid Fraud” published by Old Town Alexandria Patch.

With Open Arms

A Glen Allen, Virginia woman is the focus of today’s “Fraud of the Day” article for opening her arms wide to fraud. While the connotation of open arms means that someone or something is welcomed and accepted, this Richmond-area owner of three family counseling...

Mother of the Year

A Carroll County, Va., woman has pleaded guilty to Supplemental Security Income fraud after receiving disability benefits for which she was not entitled. Jessica Lynn Hawks, 37, lied to receive benefits from the Social Security Administration for more than two years. Hawks admitted that from...

Pandemic Perpetrators

Melissa Hayes, 51, of Bristol, Tenn., was sentenced for conspiring to file for nearly $500,000 in pandemic unemployment benefits she was not entitled to. Hayes worked with others to commit unemployment fraud by filing claims through the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). The team of conspirators...

Fraudulent Friends

Fraud is easier if there is someone on the inside that can help perpetuate a crime. An article published in the Suffolk News-Herald tells about a husband and wife team who got a little help from a Medicaid insider. Their fraudulent friend helped the...

Steal $177K and Get Four Months in Prison?

Lots of times, we read about cases of fraud and wonder about the back story. How did the individual decide to commit the fraud? Where did he or she come up with the idea? And, what made the defendant move forward and implement the...
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