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Fraud Facts: Food fraud: Misleading consumers for financial gain

A colleague ended a meeting this week by asking me if I’ve ever seen the movie “Ocean’s Eleven.” “Sure,” I said. He went on to tell me that I remind him of the running gag in that movie where Brad Pitt’s character always has food in his hand.

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Fraud Facts: Power of Attorney abuse should be watched with elderly

My grandmother lived to be a very old lady. She lived by herself until the very end. She loved talk radio. Grandma didn’t believe in prescription drugs and treated all her ailments with herbs. She had a little money in the bank. She wasn’t wealthy, but she was comfortable.

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Fraud Facts: Evasion, fraud cost the rest of the taxpayers

When you get to be my age, it seems like all your friends are getting divorced. One of my recently divorced friends told me that she made a deal with her ex-husband to accept some of her child support in bill payments instead of cash.

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Fraud Facts: Higher taxes lead to ‘black market’ cigarettes

When I was a child, my father smoked. He smoked in the house and he smoked in the car. I don’t remember if he cracked the window open when he smoked, but I doubt it. People used the ashtrays in their cars. Everyone owned ashtrays even if they didn’t smoke.

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Fraud Facts: Taxpayers against fraud

I work with a group of school districts on their internal audit work. Lately, I’ve been helping districts reduce risk in the area of their Medicaid billing. Medicaid is a federal program administered by the states.

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Fraud Facts: How to avoid debit card disaster

Last week I shopped at Wegmans. My bill was over $300 and I paid with my debit card. My debit card was rejected. So I wrote a check on the same account since I knew there was money in it. But I thought about that on the way home and decided I’d better look at my account online.

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Fraud Facts: Affinity fraud: A wolf in sheep’s clothing

Affinity frauds are investment frauds that prey upon members of identifiable groups such as religious or ethnic communities, the elderly, or professional groups. The perpetrator will often enlist respected members within the group to spread the word ...

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Fraud Facts: Unemployment ripe opportunity for fraud

One of my brothers is receiving unemployment insurance payments. He was laid off from a company whose operations are dependent on large contracts: No contracts, no jobs. The company laid off hundreds of workers ...

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