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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 27, 2012 Florida’s New Election Law Blunts Voter Drives
QUOTE: Florida, which is expected to be a vital swing state once again in this year’s presidential election, is enrolling fewer new voters than it did four years ago as prominent civic organizations have suspended registration drives because of what they describe as onerous restrictions imposed last year by Republican state officials.
New York Times Aug 02, 2011 Reaping Millions in Nonprofit Care for Disabled
QUOTE: [Young Adult Institute Network] and the Levys have earned many admirers in the field for the quality and range of their programs...But their spending is seldom scrutinized, and, even when state officials turn up questionable expenses, there are few consequences.
New York Times Apr 27, 2011 In a Mother’s Case, Reminders of Educational Inequalities
QUOTE: The tale outlined outside court by the defendant’s supporters had a heartbreaking story line — a child tossed out of school, a homeless mother charged with felony theft for the crime of sending him to a better school than the one available to her, the inequalities that define America’s schools.
New York Times Feb 11, 2011 3 Former IndyMac Executives Are Accused of Fraud
QUOTE: IndyMac’s former chief executive and two former chief financial officers are accused of filing “false and misleading” documents with regulators. The executives, the S.E.C. said, led shareholders to believe that the bank could rebound from months of hefty losses, causing its shareholders to be defrauded in July 2008, when IndyMac’s stock price plummeted and the bank shut its doors.
New York Times May 09, 2010 U-Va. urged to fight subpoena of climate scientist's documents
QUOTE: Academics from across the country are rallying against a subpoena issued by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II seeking documents related to the work of a former University of Virginia climate scientist, even as the university says it is preparing to comply with Cuccinelli's request.
Washington Post Nov 20, 2009 Arrests made in massive, $390/hour Video Relay Service scam
QUOTE: Dealing with some technology is challenging enough for the hearing-impaired without scammers taking advantage of federal dollars meant to help them. That's exactly what has happened with the Federal Communications Commission's Video Relay Service (VRS), however...
Ars Technica Oct 22, 2009 Fraud Reported in Program to Help New Homebuyers
QUOTE: Just as Congressional leaders are calling for an extension of a popular $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers, or even an expansion to all home purchasers, government investigators reported Thursday that their audits suggest widespread abuse and errors in the program.
New York Times Oct 22, 2009 F.D.A. Lags in Banning Researchers After Fraud
QUOTE: In a review of 18 proceedings, investigators for the Government Accountability Office found that the F.D.A. took from 1 to 11 years to complete its process to ban researchers. This means many who were convicted of fraud remained eligible to conduct experiments for years.
New York Times Aug 21, 2009 VA Reports Detail Misconduct By IT Officials
QUOTE: Two reports issued by the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs point to a range of misconduct in the agency's IT department in recent years...
InformationWeek Aug 13, 2009 Researchers "hack the vote" in real-world e-voting attack
QUOTE: A group of security researchers has published a fascinating study that demonstrates how to hack a Sequoia AVC Advantage voting machine.
Ars Technica Aug 01, 2009 In Ranks of Heroes, Finding the Fakes
QUOTE: Military imposters are nothing new. But the problem has grown or at least become more obvious as charlatans are easily able to find fake military documents, medals and uniforms on auction Web sites.
New York Times Jul 16, 2009 Afghanistan: Oversight AWOL?
QUOTE: Even as the Obama administration steps up spending in Afghanistan, it's shortchanging the government auditors responsible for ensuring that taxpayer dollars don't wind up in the pockets of swindlers and opportunists.
Mother Jones Jul 15, 2009 Air Force Project Being Probed Is Linked to Murtha: Lawmaker Arranged Earmark for It
QUOTE: The research effort at the Pensacola Air Force base fell apart, however, when investigators found evidence that it was used to improperly pay a series of companies linked to [Rep. John P.] Murtha.
Washington Post Jul 10, 2009 Biofuel Fraud Case Could Leave the EPA Running on Fumes
QUOTE: After a jury ordered a leading cellulosic biofuel company to pony up millions for defrauding investors, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will likely come in 60 million gallons shy of its 100 million gallon target next year.
Scientific American Jun 21, 2009 Scientology: The Truth Rundown (Part 1 of 3 in a special report on the Church of Scientology)
QUOTE: Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder, the highest-ranking executives to leave the (Scientology church, are speaking out for the first time.
St. Petersburg Times Sep 01, 2008 Flawless Vote Counts Cryptography lets voters verify ballots.
QUOTE: a cryptographic system developed under the leadership of electronic-cash pioneer David Chaum can guarantee that every vote cast using an optical scanner is correctly recorded.
Technology Review Aug 21, 2008 Report Rejects Medicare Boast of Paring Fraud
QUOTE: Medicare’s top officials said in 2006 that they had reduced the number of fraudulent and improper claims paid by the agency, keeping billions of dollars out of the hands of people trying to game the system. But according to a confidential draft of a federal inspector general’s report, those claims of success, which earned Medicare wide praise from lawmakers, were misleading.
New York Times May 14, 2008 Whistleblower Exposes Practices of Wal-Mart, JC Penney Importers: U.S. Attorney settles custom fraud case related to apparel made in China
QUOTE: customs fraud case that saw goods manufactured in China falsely labeled as made in Korea or Russia, and sold as such in the United States at Wal-Mart, JC Penney, Family Dollar Stores, Kohls and Marshalls stores. The benefit to the subterfuge was that the importers—Intertex Apparel Group, J.J. Basics and Ben’s Clothing—could evade quotas on goods manufactured in China and dodge customs fees...
CRO Magazine May 07, 2008 UBS Banker Detained in Tax Inquiry
QUOTE: A top-ranking UBS executive was briefly detained by federal authorities in the United States in connection with a widening investigation into the Swiss bank’s work with questionable tax transactions...
New York Times May 07, 2008 Identity thieves prey on patients' medical records
QUOTE: Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum, an advocacy group, says "sophisticated crime rings" often can make more money by stealing medical identities than by going after individuals' bank accounts or credit cards. "If you steal someone's medical identity, then multiply that by 100 or 1,000" other thefts "and do fake billings, you can make hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars," Dixon says.
USA TODAY May 05, 2008 Taiwan Vice Premier Suspected of Corruption
QUOTE: [Vice Premier Chiou I-jen] was responsible for choosing two intermediaries who were entrusted with the money in 2006 as part of an attempt to induce the South Pacific country of Papua New Guinea to grant diplomatic recognition to Taiwan. Senior officials said the two men hoodwinked the Foreign Ministry and took the money for themselves.
Washington Post Oct 20, 2007 Confusion Cited In Overpayments To Student Lenders: Subsidy Loophole Cost U.S. Government Millions
QUOTE: Although some subsidy payments in the 9.5 percent program are broadly accepted as legitimate, critics have questioned aggressive financing techniques that lenders used in recent years to expand the volume of loans that qualify for the lucrative subsidy. Auditors for Education Department Inspector General John P. Higgins Jr. concluded that some of those techniques failed to meet criteria that would qualify the lenders for payments.
Washington Post Oct 03, 2007 Federal Workers Abusing Air Travel, Report Says
QUOTE: Federal employees are routinely abusing rules on business-class travel, taking trips that cost taxpayers an estimated extra $146 million annually, Congressional investigators have found.
New York Times Sep 02, 2007 As Home Care Booms, Little Oversight to Counter Fraud
QUOTE: Many in and outside the industry say the incidence of fraud in the home health care system is no greater than that of the medical system at large, and that the complaints are limited to a small portion of agencies and caregivers.
New York Times Aug 17, 2007 Commercial College Ordered to Repay U.S. $2.5 Million
QUOTE: The parent company of Interboro Institute, a commercial college in New York City that a state investigation found had cheated in determining student eligibility for government financial aid, has been ordered to repay the federal government about $2.5 million...
New York Times Aug 10, 2007 District's Ex-Charter Schools Chief Admits Fraud
QUOTE: As charter school oversight chief for the D.C. Board of Education, [Brenda Belton] repeatedly stole from the school system, arranging about $649,000 in illegal school payments and sweetheart contracts to herself and her friends.
Washington Post Jul 19, 2007 Nonprofit Student Lenders Scrutinized: Probe Called for on Tax Status
QUOTE: The chairman of the House education committee called yesterday for an investigation into whether nonprofit student loan companies are abusing their tax-exempt status.
Washington Post Jul 19, 2007 U.S. Targets Health-Care Fraud, Abuse: New Medicare Task Force Wins 3rd Conviction of 2007
QUOTE: Law enforcement authorities are stepping up an attack on health-care fraud that they say costs taxpayers more than $60 billion each year. FBI officials yesterday [vowed] to crack down on medical companies...pointing to 2,400 investigations in 2006 and warning that a fresh spate of cases is on the way.
Washington Post Jul 17, 2007 10 Are Accused of Scheme to Fake College Transcripts
QUOTE: The teachers were said to have bought falsified master’s degrees from Touro that helped in their promotion and their certification.
New York Times Jun 07, 2007 Navy, GSA Say Contract Led to Waste, Maybe Fraud
QUOTE: An effort to buy floating barriers to protect the nation's fleet from attacks several years ago led to millions of dollars in waste and may have involved criminal fraud by a government employee and contractor...
Washington Post May 17, 2007 OMB Moves to Curb Resale of Federal Transit Benefits
QUOTE: The Office of Management and Budget is requiring federal agencies and departments to enact by June 30 basic standards aimed at eliminating fraud and abuse of the transit-benefit program.
Washington Post May 10, 2007 Medicare's $869 Air Mattress Bill: Government Arrests 38 As It Cracks Down On Health-Care Fraud
QUOTE: The schemes center on what prosecutors call the nation's largest hot spot for health-care malfeasance: the southern district of Florida. Over the past several weeks, federal agents visited dozens of companies there that charged Medicare for prosthetic limbs, costly AIDS drugs, air mattresses and urinary collection bags. Few if any of the products were purchased or delivered to patients in need.
Washington Post May 05, 2007 Students May Have Paid Cash to Change Grades, College Says
QUOTE: Authorities at the institution, Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, about 40 miles east of here, said in a statement issued late Thursday that at least 74 students might have paid someone to change lower grades to higher ones. The college authorities said as many as 400 grades recorded on computer transcripts might have been altered in a five-year period.
New York Times Apr 24, 2007 GAO Finds Fraud in Commuter Program: Federal Workers Selling Transit Cards
QUOTE: Employees have taken the benefit vouchers, known locally as Metrocheks, and turned them into a kind of black-market currency, selling them -- often at a discount off the face value -- to buyers who can use them to ride Metro, regional buses or commuter railroads.
Washington Post Apr 12, 2007 In 5-Year Effort, Scant Evidence of Voter Fraud
QUOTE: Most of those charged have been Democrats, voting records show. Many of those charged by the Justice Department appear to have mistakenly filled out registration forms or misunderstood eligibility rules, a review of court records and interviews with prosecutors and defense lawyers show.
New York Times Dec 03, 2006 Blowing the Whistle on Big Oil
QUOTE: Mr. Maxwell has filed a suit in federal court in Denver against the Kerr-McGee Corporation. The suit accuses the company, which was recently acquired by Anadarko Petroleum, of bilking the government out of royalty payments. It also contends that the Interior Department ignored audits indicating that Kerr-McGee was cheating.
New York Times Sep 20, 2006 Georgia Law Requiring Voters to Show Photo ID Is Thrown Out: Judge Says Some Would Be Disenfranchised; State Plans Appeal
QUOTE: A state judge yesterday rejected a Georgia law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification...the law, pushed by Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) to fight voter fraud, violates the state constitution because it disenfranchises citizens who are otherwise qualified to vote.
Washington Post Sep 06, 2006 Hornsby Pleads Not Guilty: Ex-Chief Accused Of Kickback Scheme
QUOTE: Hornsby, 52, was indicted Aug. 23 by a federal grand jury on charges of steering school business to associates in exchange for kickbacks that were intended to exceed $100,000 and possibly include expensive art or a yacht.
Washington Post Aug 20, 2006 Hospitals Grew With Medicare Paying the Way
QUOTE: What happened at this health care system, based largely in suburbs throughout New Jersey, is representative of how hundreds of hospitals around the country, facing pressures from cuts in reimbursements by private insurers, improperly charged the taxpayer-financed Medicare program billions of dollars.
New York Times Aug 19, 2006 On Technical Grounds, Judge Sets Aside Verdict of Billing Fraud in Iraq Rebuilding
QUOTE: A federal judge has set aside a verdict of corporate fraud in Iraq on disputed technical grounds, raising questions about the ability of whistleblowers and the United States government to pursue companies that profited illegally in Iraq during the chaotic year after the invasion.
New York Times Aug 05, 2006 Germany Probes Fairfax Contractor in Iraq: Prosecutor Looks Into Possible Money Laundering After $10 Million Fraud Verdict
QUOTE: A German prosecutor is investigating the possibility that an American contractor who was ordered to pay the government millions of dollars for cheating on a contract in Iraq may be using his wife to funnel money through foreign bank accounts, according to a letter from the prosecutor.
Washington Post Aug 01, 2006 Tax Cheats Called Out of Control
QUOTE: So many superrich Americans evade taxes using offshore accounts that law enforcement cannot control the growing misconduct, according to a Senate report that provides the most detailed look ever at high-level tax schemes.
New York Times Jul 24, 2006 Investors Say Flaws at School Are Deeper
QUOTE: The complaint...alleged that cheating in determining whether students were eligible for federal and state financial aid was routine, not unusual, and that the company dismissed employees who failed to meet quotas in enrolling students.
New York Times Jun 27, 2006 'Breathtaking' Waste and Fraud in Hurricane Aid
QUOTE: Hurricane Katrina...produced one of the most extraordinary displays of scams, schemes and stupefying bureaucratic bungles in modern history, costing taxpayers up to $2 billion...
New York Times Nov 28, 2004 Electronic Voting 1.0, and No Time to Upgrade
QUOTE: The more you know about the operations of today's widely trusted commercial computer networks, the more concerned you become about most electronic-voting systems.
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