Daily Prompt: Fraud

Much of my career has been working with Fraud or Criminal actions and I’ve never been a cop or a detective.  I actually wanted to be a Private Detective many years ago but glad I never went that route.  There’s really no money in it.  I was going to hire one years ago for a missing relative and didn’t feel I could trust the them so I didn’t go through with it.  If I did, I would have to give them my loved one’s personal information and with my personal on the job experience with so many corrupt individuals, I just couldn’t do it.

I dealt with a few instances of fraud, and one robbery, in the years I worked commercial banking.  There were people trying to pass “funny money” and bad checks regularly.  One gentleman had to be detained while the FBI came down to speak to him regarding possible money laundering.

I worked for a few years after that for their “Tech Center” as it was called, finding “exceptions” or fraud in business accounts which consisted of finding anything out of the ordinary in any way, shape or form as they say.  Any inconsistency usually spelled “FRAUD” of some sort.  Usually counterfeiting.  I started there at the time that more people were purchasing home computers with great software and some began their illustrious careers as a counterfeiter!  That computer was money well spent til the Feds caught up with them, I’m assuming.  Of course I’m not going to share any criminal tricks of the trade I saw in the many years associated with these “entrepreneurs.”  You can learn enough from most of the crime shows on TV instructing folks how to do these things anyway.  Another reason I’m not a fan of the liberal media.

As a decorating company vendor rep there were various types of fraud that we dealt with mostly in selling when the purchaser was using stolen credit card information or claimed to have not received goods that were actually received, even shown signed for by the claimant requesting another shipment of something, maybe to sell or give away or because they didn’t order enough in the first place.

When working for the Internal Revenue Service, most of my work was done in the Small Business/Self Employment Division of Compliance and Enforcement.  We made sure everyone paid what was due and went after them if they didn’t.  We always tried to work with delinquent taxpayers in any way they needed to depending on their specific situations.  Most of the fraud I encountered with the IRS was not always with the delinquent taxpayer, but many times it was their tax preparer who decided to pull some scam, an embezzling accountant, or the fraudulent tax specialist they called on to help them deal with the IRS.

This is one of the reasons I wrote my book in the first place  after leaving.  So many taxpayers wasting money owed on charlatans offering help to the scared and desperate.  These guys would charge huge upfront fees, some requesting the taxpayers banking information to take out subsequent payments if they couldn’t afford to pay this fee upfront, sometimes in the thousands, having the taxpayer sign over legal authorization forms so they could represent them and then taking the money and disappearing or just never contacting us for whatever reason.  Either way it’s pure fraud to misrepresent yourself in any way taking something from someone under false pretense.  Many try to pretend they were just too overworked to get to that case.  It’s also fraud to take money for work you know you can’t or won’t have time for.

The more the world tries to pretend there is no God, there will be nothing but unGodly behavior like this in the world.  No man will stop committing evil for gain just because another man tells him to stop, even if he’s armed.  We are just starting to see our America culture crumble thanks to the heathen and their misguided beliefs.  God bless all of His people in these very dangerous times.

 

Daily Prompt: Honestly!

I think my honesty is only as sincere as my latest mood swing.

I’m one of the most honest people I know because I’m not easily tempted.  I was raised in the Word and don’t do wrong or unfair things just because I think I can get away with it or when no one is looking.  I act in a manner that I am hoping everyone else does.

Honesty is stating what you think or feel is the truth at the time according to your moral compass.  Some believe truth is relative but I believe in certain absolutes.  Everything has a factual base that cannot be denied unless you actually lie.

Some can be honest to the point of being a clod that doesn’t care who they offend in the name of their truth.  Some fear lying for the moral implications and actually go so far as to hurt others so they don’t tell a lie.  I speak the truth but protect others as I need to depending on the circumstances.

If someone asks you if you like their new dress is it lying to say “It’s lovely!” even if you’re not that enthused?  Just stretching the truth or maybe you actually hate it.  Either way, no big deal and feelings are spared.  On the other hand if someone was doing something downright illegal, dangerous or dishonest and someone else was going to be harmed or get the blame if you didn’t speak up, hopefully you would have the guts to rat them out.

Depending on the conditions, honesty isn’t always the best policy.  Little white lies never hurt anyone, or do they?

Just ask Hillary.

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Daily Prompt: The Infamous Tada

Just say the name Tada to anyone in my family and they will tell you that was my imaginary friend when I was little.

I never had an imaginary friend of any kind.  When I was only about 3 or 4 I loved performing for anyone that would watch, like most kids.  I would always end the show with a loud “tada!” while throwing my hands up for the applause and accolades that were sure to come my way.

My mother, being the sarcastic person she is, thought she’d be funny and asked me “tada, who’s tada?” after one of my shows.  Being the smart Alec I was I decided to tell her it was my invisible friend instead of just saying that I had no idea why I said “tada”.  I must have heard it on TV or something.

I then began to run around and tell Tada to stop chasing me.  They thought it was funny so I put on the act once in a while.  My sister would ask me about Tada and instead of coming clean and saying there is no Tada, I just made up all kinds of tall tales regarding this fictional friend because people seemed to enjoy it.  When I was about 11 or 12 I was fascinated by the occult and decided to have a ritual to finally get rid of Tada by taking one of our old plastic dolls, calling it Tada and going with my sister and some friends to bury her in a part of the local cemetery, not on top of a grave or anything.  So I committed some act of sacrilege, no doubt, but Tada was gone.

Various members of my family delighted in bringing up the fact that I had this imaginary friend in front of my actual friends or extended family just to try and embarrass me and try to make me look like I was insane or strange in some way.  I still continued the lie well into adulthood.  Not that I still had a fake friend, but went along with anyone that I used to have one.  Only recently did I tell my mom the truth and that she was the reason I started the lie to begin with because she made me mad by questioning me like that as a small child.  We had a good laugh about it, but I still don’t think she believes me, which makes me laugh harder!

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Does Detroit Stand a Chance?

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Another bad appointment. I thought it was bad enough when President Obama appointed Timothy Geithner while I was working for the collection area of the Internal Revenue Service. I had to interview and collect information from taxpayers attempting to resolve their tax problems with the IRS and when they caught wind that the President’s appointee as U S Secretary of the Treasury owed some back taxes some tried to use this in their defense that if my boss didn’t have to pay, why should they? Very cute, amusing and all that and very wrong for the fact that if any of the IRS employees (the peons) did not pay tax promptly, they would lose their jobs.

It has just come to light that the Emergency Financial Manager that Governor Rick Snyder appointed to help save Detroit’s finances, did not properly take accurate care of his own finances in the recent past.  As an employee of the collection area of the IRS, I know how many notices are sent to the taxpayers and just how hard they try to contact them before any liens or levies are ever issued.  The liens were supposedly issued by the state of Maryland and I don’t know what their criterion is for placing liens, but the fact that he claims to not be aware of it cannot be true.  Is he lying?  Probably, but who can prove otherwise?  It appears that our business culture has become lousy with people who would not recognize honor or decency if it sat on their head and most couldn’t even give the correct definition of good business ethics. 

I don’t just fear for the future of Detroit, but all our cities and our country in general.  If it keeps up at this rate, there will be all out civil war in the streets between the thugs in office trying to appear legit and the thugs in the street because they are stepping into their turf.  It might be all the recent confusion brought about by the onslaught of liberal thinking.  They love the sin as well as the sinner.  They are confused for the fact that you are supposed to love the sinner and hate the sin.  You are supposed to encourage your brother to “go and sin no more.”  Most of them say “what the hey, we are all only human, if it feels good do it, and I must be born this way.”  What a cop-out and what a sick way to twist a society.  The longer this continues the more evident will be the destruction of these wrong mindsets, so give them enough rope…