Fraud and Abuse (Without me Designing the Post)

Fraud and Abuse

Psalm 10:6,7,8

He hath said in his heart, I shall

Not be moved: for I shall never be in

Adversity.

His mouth is full of cursing and

Deceit and fraud: under his tongue is

Mischief and vanity.

He sitteth in the lurking places

Of the villages: in the secret places

Doth he murder the innocent: his

Eyes are privily set against the poor.

 

There are people who watch what happens in a particular culture. Our nation is no different. It is very obvious that the Western World has and is going through a deep change. You can observe this fact as you look and hear the sounds of this event. In some situations, the transformation is more pleasant however the mutation can be moral changing.

 

While I was in my teens, one chore I had was to see the coal boxes were full for the night at our home. That is no more. We have air conditioning units and heating furnaces. This is a huge change. Now there is tremendous movement away from a moral outlook. Every person over the age of 50 of 60 could give their own version of the change.

 

All empires go through a dynamic event that illustrates a physical, and spiritual altering. It has been suggested that there have been 22 empires which have come and gone. Each has gone through a pattern of deterioration. We as a nation are no different. Morals are seldom discussed.

 

When money and wealth settle in then fraud and abuse of property arrives. The United States is no different than the other 21 empires fraud and abuse are a way of life for us. Let me name some targets.

  • Churches and religious groups,
  • Social service agencies,
  • Administration of Federal grants,
  • Foundation for the less fortunate,
  • Think Tanks, and
  • Disaster Relief Organizations

 

You can notice that the above list does not mention business in general.

 

Yes, the statistic is not new but I suspect the figures are just as bad now as when the book was written. The name was The Day America Told the Truth by Patterson and Kim. A 1000 people responded and admitted that 91% routinely lied about trivial matter. Then 35% lied about important matters. There are always excuses for lying. Look at these reasons given

  • Undercompensated,
  • Unappreciated,
  • Not treated fairly, and
  • So much work and no pay for me.

 

When an individual fails any of the above then quit and move to another job. On one occasion my bookkeeper stole money from me personally. She said that reason she did this was she did not like the way I treated another employee. Figure that out! It was not her.

 

Actually the United States government helps to perpetuate crime in fraud. Let me give and example. In Colorado “pot” is sold openly. Other States are restricted in the sale of drugs. Have I misread the United States Constitution? About the same las is to apply to all the states the same. Here are some statistics.

  • 18 U.S. Code 1341 – Mail fraud
  • 18 U.S. Code 2314 – Interstate transportation of money
  • 18 U.S. Code 1343 – Wire fraud
  • 18 U.S. Code 1001 – False statements

 

We have enough laws to clean up the rotten mess in our culture. Actually, our laws are two tiers One for little people. Then no law for people like the following!

  • Conely
  • Bill Clinton
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Barack Obama
  • Those who worked for these wads of scum

 

It seems that lawyers in our society bring upon us a series of real problems. But it was the remark of Jesus in Luke 11:46 that should disturb this profession.

And he said, Woe unto you

Also, ye lawyers! For ye lade men

With burdens, grievous to be borne,

And ye yourselves touch not the

Burdens with one of your fingers.

 

The Federal Law is over 165,000 pages and 27 or 28 feet long. The 20th chapter of Exodus is short and to the point. The Ten Commandments only have about 500 English words in them. The Federal Laws have actually speeded up the desire of people to commit crime.

 

When we pile law upon law what this does is antagonize people. There is no way for anyone to know the fraud and abuse daily performed by people. This is only on the tax code. Man, cannot write enough laws to cover what is known.

 

The Bible tells us to be honest with God and ourselves. Solomon knew what sin could bring. One should read Proverbs 4:18,19

But the path of the just is as the

Shining light, that shineth more and

More unto the perfect day.

The way of the wicked is as

Darkness: they know not at what

They stumble.

 

 

Nation of Liars

 

Politics has been a nasty dirty filthy rotten way of life in the past and what is occurring now is just a substitution of the way the affairs of men are conducted. It always has been and it is suspected always will be.

 

Gideon who saved Israel from the nation of Midian had a son who was a murderer. -Judges 9:5 tells us what he did to his own brothers.

And he went unto his father’s

House at Oph’rah, and slew his

Brethren the sons of Je-rub’ba-al,

Being threescore and ten persons,

Upon one stone: notwithstanding yet

Jo’tham the youngest son of

Je-rub’ba-al was left; for he hid himself.

 

This could be examples of other situations in the Old Testament.

 

The desire for power and wealth is dominant in our political system also those in the law-making area are among the worse of personnel.

 

On the internet there was a story about Hillary Clinton becoming a Methodist minister or worker. Try to figure this out! Has she repented of her involvement in the Benghazi affair. Personally it seems this woman is so deep in sin that it would be hard for her to repent. Hopefully she does.

 

Government often attracts the lowest of the low.

 

 

Fraud

 

From a legal view point there are certain elements which must be present if fraud is to exist. First some promise is to be made to a recipient. Second the recipient believes the remark. This, the person who made the remark does not intend to carry the promise out. Then finally there was damage to the recipient. It seems there is always the attempt to conceal the lie.

 

It was Jesus who condemned people he knew were frauds you then can understand why the Son of God was so cutting with his remarks. Luke 11:39 quotes the master

And the Lord said unto him,

No do ye Pharisees make clean the

Outside of the cup of the platter;

But your inward part is full of ravening

And wickedness.

 

These men were frauds. They appeared one way but actually were rotten on the inside. Condemning Pharisees was a common topic of Jesus. On Matthew 23:24-26 the Christ set it out very plainly.

Ye blind guides, which strain at

A gnat, and swallow a camel.

Woe unto you, scribes and

Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make

Clean the outside of the cup and of

The platter, but within they are full

Of extortion and excess.

Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse

First that which is within the cup

And platter, that the outside of them

May be clean also.

 

When the Nazarene discussed certain people he would bring up certain groups.

  • Lawyers
  • Scribes
  • Pharisees
  • Rich people

Seldom are favorable words spoken about them. If you are not familiar with the volume called The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Biblethen you should be. This book lists every word in the Bible and tells the reader where to find it. This is a great resource for people who are interested. James 5:4 uses the word fraud of those who cheat. You can find this Strong’s Concordance

Behold the hire of the labourers

Who have reaped down your fields,

Crieth: and the cries of them which

Have reaped are entered into the

Ears of the Lord of Sab’a-oth.

 

The real issue is what do I need to do for my own protection.

 

 

Prevention

 

The physical aspect must be examined first. There is a way to prevent fraud from happening to your assets. The rule is divide the work so that no person controls every movement of the assets. There should be financial controls. Look at the following

  • One person records revenue,
  • One person collects payments,
  • One person takes to the bank, and
  • One person records statements

An owner should always look for abuse and fraud. When an employee gravitates to keeping items then beware. Such as jewelry, boats, cars, houses, vacations, Las Vegas and entertainment. Beware! Thieves steal to spend. Not to save! These are suggestions.

 

The key to prevention is to stop, look, listen and suspect. Negative in concept but realize always you are dealing with people who will steal and lie.

 

The next area is the spiritual aspect of life. There is so much fraud and abuse in the spiritual that books and books and books could be written about this, here are some.

501(c) (3) to watch carefully,

  • Fund raising for children,
  • Church building programs,
  • Support for feeding the homeless, and
  • Foreign missions

 

Should you give to the work of God. Yes! Yes! Yes! However before you support anything that requires money. Then investigate. This can be done through several services and documents.

  • Interviews with a person(s)
  • Open records – state,
  • Freedom of Information Act– federal, and
  • Ask for information

 

There will be times when you and I will be fooled but this still will cut down on the fraud.

 

People do not ask enough questions. Have you explained why some churches sprinkle and others immerse? Why some churches are evangelistic and others are not? Why some churches say only believe in Jesus? There are many issues which should be explored. Do not let another steal your soul. Fraud and abuse are a way of life in our culture. Remember money and power are the keys.

 

 

Conclusion

 

  1. Beware of your surroundings,
  2. One person should not do all,
  3. Study to prevent, and
  4. Ask God for help

 

 

 

 

 

KEEP THE FAITH

 

GERALD K. FUGIT

August 14, 2017

Diggingoldwells.com

 

 

 

 

Song: Glory to His Name

 

Down at the cross where my savior, he died
Down where for cleansing from sin I cried
There to my heart was the blood applied
Glory to his name

(Glory to his name! Glory to his name, yeah.)

I am so wondrously saved from sin,
Jesus so sweetly abides within,
There at the cross where he took me in;
Glory to his name! Oh, yeah.

Glory to his name,
Glory to his name.
There to my heart was the blood applied;
Glory to his name!

(Glory to his name!) Come to this fountain so rich and sweet.
Cast your poor soul at thy Savior’s feet.
Plunge in today and be made complete.
Glory to his name.

Glory to his name,
Glory to his name!
There to my heart was the blood applied. (There was the blood applied)
Glory to his name.
Oh, there to my heart was the blood applied. (There was the blood applied)
Glory to his name!

 

 

 

 

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