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How To Deal With Fraud Charges

How To Deal With Fraud Charges

According to an article in WPTV News, a 34-year-old woman faces felony charges after St. Lucie County sheriff’s investigators determined more than $40,000 was stolen from a business where she worked as an office manager, according to recently released records. Misty Dawn McCoy was arrested Nov. 27 on organized fraud and second-degree grand theft charges following the incidents relating to Teacher’s Place day care in the 3300 block of South 25th Street. A Teacher’s Place representative told sheriff’s investigators in September she suspected McCoy, the office manager, of stealing. She said she knew of at least $520 missing from recent deposits. Teacher’s Place representatives confronted McCoy about the missing money. McCoy said she “stole the money,” using it to pay her bills. McCoy, who said she took the money “over… […]

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What To Do If You Have Been Charged With Food Stamps Fraud

What To Do If You Have Been Charged With Food Stamps Fraud

According to the Palm Beach Post, an 18-month investigation called “Operation Easy Money,” concluded on Thursday with the arrests of 48 people, all food stamp recipients from Palm Beach County. Another 21 people are being targeted for this food stamp fraud, allegedly forging purchases and turning their food stamps into cash. Amos Rojas Jr., special agent in charge of the FDLE said that the recipients treated the benefits cards like a “personal bank account.” The money retrieved would be split in half, between the store owner and food stamps recipient. Perry Borman, regional director of the state Department of Children and Families, said the amount of food stamp money provided in Palm Beach County has increased 46 percent in the past year and currently totals $20 million. More than 81,000… […]

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White Collar Crime in Palm Beach County

Fraud – the art of deliberate deception for unlawful gain – is as old as history itself; but the term “white collar crime” is relatively new. It was coined in 1939 by Edwin Sutherland to describe a new kind of crime that was different from street crime or “blue collar crime.” Now it has become synonymous with a full range of frauds committed by businesses and government officials alike. The list of white collar crimes keeps growing each year; corporate fraud, health care fraud, bribery, insider trading, embezzlement, computer fraud, insurance fraud, hedge fund fraud, identity theft, and forgery – to name a few. It is estimated that it costs the United States more than $300 billion annually, according to the FBI. Today’s con artists are more sophisticated than ever,… […]

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