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    Maru Quevedo

    I saw a story on the news about a woman that stole money from a local charity.  It wasn’t like an incorporated charity or anything like that.  It was just one of those small community groups that got together and did things for others.

    Mostly, they threw parties and things at community centers.  Anyone can come to their parties and people would donate.  Well, it was proven that the woman was taking about 75% of the money that came into the charity for herself, when she wasn’t supposed to be taking any money because she was a volunteer.  She wasn’t supposed to have an income from the charity.  I’m wondering if this is fraud even, since the charity had such a loose unregulated structure.  Was this even a crime enough for something to happen to the woman?

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    Fraud is defined as criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain. When fraud is committed, the victim (or the organization that has been victimized) usually experiences a financial loss. If someone commits Medicaid fraud; that means that they have done something to deceive Medicaid.
    In a nut shell, fraud is the intentional deception of someone in a higher power. Many kids have told lies before to their parents, but fraud is completely different. Fraud is lying to your boss in order to achieve or gainsomething significant. There are some big name corporations that have committed fraud, but many people overlook their wrong doing.
    A big business CEO, Wasendof and some mortgage companies have been charged with fraud along with several other companies. Many companies get away with fraud because people know these companies have a lot of money. I think it’s upsetting to know that if a poor person is convicted of a crime, they go to jail. If a wealthy person commits the exact same crime, they can get off because they have enough money for bond. When companies commit fraud, some people will even pass it off, saying that person is trying to make an important business decision. Fraud is fraud and people should be tried equally, but it rarely happens that way.
    There was a criminal on the news a few months ago who committed fraud to obtain one billion dollars and it makes you wonder how people think they will get away with doing something like that. Most people know how much money they have and they know if their money has been stolen.
    In addition, fraud just isn't about money, it could be about anything. Fraud can be committed by telling your client false information. The client may or may not believe these lies, but either way, its fraud. Telling your client any kind of lie is fraud and a client could sue you he can prove you're lying.  However, many people choose not to sue anymore because it’s too much of a hassle. 

    Fraud is pretty much a lie in the adult world. We all know lying is wrong, so why do people commit fraud? Fraud is a serious crime, but people and businesses still commit fraud sometimes unfortunately.  The woman that you are referring to did commit fraud, however there is a chance that she won't be prosecuted.  There is proof, but it depends on the actual charity structure if a case can be built.  If the charity group was not filed as a charity on a local or national level then the community itself might be able to bring some kind of charges, but chances are, the woman will maybe have to pay a fine or something and be blacklisted in the town reputation wise, but that's about it.  She might be able to move to another town and start a new life without issue though.

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