Charity Scams

July 7, 2017

There should be a special place in hell for charity scammers — those people who take advantage of the best in human beings. According to the Federal Trade Commission, impostors “claiming to be with the FTC, or another agency like the fictitious “Consumer Protection Agency,” are calling to inform people they have won a huge sweepstakes from the Make-a-Wish Foundation, a well-known charity for very sick children. To get the money, the callers say, the “winner” must first pay thousands of dollars to cover taxes or insurance on the prize. The call may even come from a 202 (Washington, DC) area code to appear credible — since the headquarters for the FTC and most federal agencies are in DC.” https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/scams-name-charity?utm_source=govdelivery

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Want to know if your state has a false claims act?

July 5, 2017

Want to know if your state has a false claims act?  Check out the map available at   http://taf.org/states-false-claims-acts Thanks to the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund for publishing this summary.

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The more you lie, the easier it gets

July 5, 2017

We now have brain research showing how the more you lie, the easier it gets. The researchers (including Professor Dan Ariely) used functional MRI scans to show how self-serving dishonesty increases with repetition. The findings uncover a biological mechanism that supports a ‘slippery slope’: what begins as small acts of dishonesty can escalate into larger transgressions. https://scholars.duke.edu/display/pub1150337    

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Do as I say, not as I do.

July 3, 2017

How are government ethics and compliance officials able to do their jobs under the current administration? We are hearing more as those officials leave and speak up. Hui Chen was an in-house compliance counsel for the Justice Department, responsible for guiding the department’s fraud section of the Criminal Division through certain issues like the prosecution of business entities, and whether companies fulfilled the obligations they agreed to in settlements with the Justice Department. She recently resigned. Chen explained her reasons for resigning on LinkedIn — according to The Hill: “To sit across the table from companies and question how committed they were to ethics and compliance felt not only hypocritical, but very much like shuffling the deck chair on the Titanic,” Chen wrote. “Even as I engaged in those questioning and evaluations, on my mind were the numerous lawsuits pending against the President of the United States for everything from violations of the Constitution to conflict of interest, the ongoing investigations of potentially treasonous conducts, and the investigators and prosecutors fired for their pursuits of principles and facts,” she continued. “Those are conducts I would not tolerate seeing in a company, yet I worked under an administration that engaged in exactly those conduct. I wanted no more part in it,’ Chen said, adding that management in her office ‘persistently prohibited me from public speaking.’   According to The Hill, before her resignation, Chen posted tweets or retweeted articles that were considered critical of President Trump such as, ”For those who truly care about ‪#ethics, ignoring our current ‪#conductatthetop requires abandonment of conscience.” http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/340472-doj-corporate-compliance-watchdog-resigns-cites-trumps-conduct  

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What gets brokers to cheat less — or more?

June 29, 2017

Why do most people feel it is wrong to run out of a restaurant without paying the bill but not wrong to illegally download music, movies, or books? Or manipulate financial markets?      

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