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Florida woman must repay $112,000 in disability fraud case

Disability fraud is not a very common form of crime. The system is very slow and the amount of benefits relatively low for the amount of effort someone would need to invest to perpetuate a successful fraud. That could include falsifying medical records, committing for months or even years to acting out an exaggerated display of symptoms and much more. The amount of work hardly seems worth it, given the meager benefits many people receive through disability programs.

Canadian issues with mortgage fraud an important lesson

Over the last few years, rates of mortgage fraud at both big and smaller banks and mortgage companies in Canada has been increasing. Standard & Poor's, a trusted financial services company that analyzes markets, bonds and stocks, has called attention to signs of mortgage fraud in Canada. Specifically, the organization notes that mortgage fraud may have risen by as much as 52 percent since 2013.

Increased enforcement efforts for opioids, opiates and heroin

Addiction to potentially deadly drugs has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. 2016 is the first year on record where the number of drug overdose deaths exceeded gun fatalities. Although data isn't in for 2017, there's little doubt the death toll will surpass that of 2016. States, communities and even national health organizations keep trying to address this ever-spreading issue with little luck.

Can you face a marijuana charge because of federal law?

Living in the United States and being a fan of marijuana isn't easy right now. Some states are making the product legal, while others are cracking down on keeping it off the streets. With the legalization of medical marijuana in some places and not in others, the decriminalization of marijuana in some states and not others, and overall changing laws, it's hard to keep track of what you can or can't do.

Health care fraud common in Florida and across the country

Thanks to a large population, including a high number of aging and retired residents, Florida sees a higher than average amount of fraud cases. In fact, as recently as 2015, Florida had the highest rate of fraud risk among all fifty states. Those figures deal with identity theft and similar kinds of interpersonal fraud, but Florida has seen much more organized and complex forms of fraud as well.

If you face fraud charges

White collar crime charges are difficult to face, no matter what field you work in or what the charges allege. Depending on the nature of the charges and your particular career, you may suffer significant challenges in your professional life even if the charges do not stick.

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