In the ever-evolving landscape of fraud, our investigative agency has been on the front lines, uncovering and dissecting various schemes over the years. If you’ve been following our channel, you’re likely familiar with our discussions on Ponzi schemes, corporate fraud, and embezzlement. However, there’s a new player in town, a type of fraud that has surged dramatically in the last 12 to 18 months – Family Law fraud.
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The Unveiling of Family Law Fraud
So, what exactly is Family Law fraud? To understand this growing phenomenon, let’s focus on two primary areas: Divorce Fraud and Probate Fraud.
Divorce Fraud: A Battle for Assets
In the tumultuous process of divorce, individuals often find themselves entangled in a fierce battle for financial assets. Both parties, driven by self-interest, resort to concealing or diverting assets to secure a more substantial share of the settlement pie. This deceitful practice undermines the fairness of the legal process and cheats individuals out of what they rightfully deserve.
How is it done?
- Hidden Bank Accounts: Opening accounts long before the divorce process begins.
- Asset Transfers: Shifting assets to relatives, friends, or co-workers.
- Tax Manipulation: Overpaying taxes to later claim a refund post-divorce.
- Cryptocurrency and Other Forms: Concealing money in various forms like cryptocurrency, casino chips, or valuable items.
The prevalence of this fraudulent activity is staggering, with our agency encountering 10 to 12 divorce asset cases per week. Vigilance is key, and a thorough asset search is crucial to ensure fairness in the settlement process.
Probate Fraud: Exploiting the Departed
In cases of probate, where assets are distributed after someone’s passing, Family Law fraud takes a different form. Relatives may exploit the situation by diverting assets before distribution, impacting the inheritance of other family members.
How is it done?
- Check Forgeries: Writing checks from the deceased’s account for personal gain.
- Property Transfers: Illegitimate transfers of real estate or valuable assets.
- Financial Manipulation: Exploiting the deceased’s financial accounts.
This form of fraud not only disrespects the deceased’s wishes but also harms the living relatives who should rightfully benefit from the estate.
Synthetic Identity Fraud: Exploiting New Beginnings
The birth of a baby brings joy, but it also opens the door to a unique form of fraud – Synthetic Identity Fraud. Scammers, sometimes within the family, exploit the baby’s identity to engage in fraudulent activities, tarnishing their credit before they even reach adulthood.
How is it done?
- Social Security Number Misuse: Using the baby’s identity to open fraudulent credit accounts.
- Credit Ruination: Running up credit to ruin the child’s financial reputation.
To combat this, immediate steps such as freezing the baby’s credit and regular monitoring are crucial to prevent long-term consequences.
Stay Informed, Stay Protected
As fraud investigators, we’ve witnessed a surge in Family Law fraud cases, and it’s our duty to shed light on these deceptive practices. By staying informed and vigilant, we can collectively combat these fraudulent activities.
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Stay vigilant, stay informed, and let’s tackle fraud together.