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The Reality Of Unemployment Fraud

The Reality Of Unemployment Fraud

The Reality Of Unemployment Fraud

Unemployment fraud isn’t new. There have been instances of it dating all the way back to when the system for helping people stay financially solvent after they suddenly lost a job was first created.

The high number of people who were forced to claim unemployment benefits when the COVID-19 pandemic struck the United States, combined with some unexpected unemployment bonuses the government instituted in an attempt to keep the economy running has triggered an interest in unemployment fraud.

Loree Levy, a spokesperson for the California Employment Development Department, recently confirmed that the state is on the lookout for people who are committing unemployment fraud. “We certainly have legitimate PUA claims in California, but we do suspect that a big part of the unusual recent rise in PUA claims is linked to fraud.” (source)

Levy’s department released a press release the addressed the issue. “These perpetrators are often using stolen identity information from national and global data breaches, as well as exploiting expedited payment efforts in the federal PUA program,” the release stated. (source)

In California, you can be charged with unemployment fraud if it’s believed that you knowingly supplied inaccurate information to obtain unemployment benefits you aren’t entitled to. Even if you’re application isn’t approved, you can be charged with unemployment fraud.

Examples of unemployment fraud include:

  • Providing false identification information on the application.
  • Failing to report earned income while collecting unemployment.
  • Failing to report additional forms of compensation you’re collecting while also collecting unemployment.
  • Not being a legal California resident.
  • Falsifying employment information.
  • Stealing another person’s unemployment check.

Individuals aren’t the only ones who can be accused of unemployment fraud. Employers can also end up in hot water. If an investigation reveals that employer-supplied false information to the state to make it difficult for an employee to collect the unemployment benefits they deserve, the employer will be charged with unemployment fraud.

Unemployment fraud in California is a wobbler offense. Whether someone is charged with a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the amount of money they collected from the scam. If the amount is less than $950, misdemeanor charges are filed. The penalty can include a $1,000 fine and spend up to six months in county jail.

If the amount is greater than $950 and the prosecutor decides to stick to with a misdemeanor, it’s a potential $10,000 fine and year in a county jail.

In felony unemployment fraud cases, the amount must exceed $950. Being found guilty could result in up to a 5-year jail sentence and a $50,000 fine. In addition to the fines, the state demands that the money was stolen from the system be returned and adds a 30% interest rate to the total.

The best way to avoid an unemployment fraud charge is to be completely honest on your unemployment application.

 

How Are You Keeping Your Kids Busy This Summer?

How Are You Keeping Your Kids Busy This Summer?

How Are You Keeping Your Kids Busy This Summer?

Summer is here. For kids, this is the best time of the year, second only to Christmas time. Summer means no school and the freedom to do whatever they want. For parents, summer isn’t as exciting. Adults still have to work, but now the kids are home while are off making a living. Kids can get into all kinds of mischief if left unsupervised and bored for extended periods of time. This leaves parents with a bit of a dilemma.

When it comes to keeping kids entertained over the summer, many parents have a tough time. After all, they aren’t teachers and many do have to go to work. Even if a parent is a stay at home parent, summer can be tough. Those eight hours of school really keep children busy. Plus there is the fact that many of the fun things that are advertised on TV are very expensive, and most people do not have that kind of money. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep kids entertained over summer break without breaking the bank.

How To Keep Kids Entertained

Keep kids busy is no simple task, which is something parents figure out very quickly when their kids get any extended break from school. Kind of makes you think teachers should get paid more, doesn’t it? Regardless, with school out for summer, it is up to the parent to keep their child entertained, or at the very least, busy until school starts up again in fall. Here are a few, simple and affordable ideas on how to keep your kids busy this summer:

  1. CHORE CHARTS
    A quick and simple way to keep kids, maybe not so much entertained, but busy, would be to institute a chore chart. They might not appreciate it, but it can be helpful for the parent and beneficial for the child in the long run. Chores help teach children about responsibility, and can be a great way for them to earn some money that they can then spend on things they want.
  2. THE LIBRARY
    A good entertainment option would be to take the kids to the library once a week. Most public libraries have summer reading programs that can give more reasons for kids to read books. Just be sure to let the child pick out books that are age appropriate, but interesting to them. You want them to keep reading, and not get discouraged by big, complicated words. Reading is a great way to spend away hours upon hours of the summer.
  3. CAMP
    One option would be sending kids to summer camp, which can be a great adventure for the child. However, summer camp can be a bit expensive. There is always the cheaper alternative of day camp. Day camps are great ways to keep kids entertained during the day without sending them away for extended periods.
  4. BOARD GAMES
    Board games can be another way to keep children entertained over the summer. There are so many different games out there, that there is one for everyone. Plus, many modern games teach skills like teamwork, resource management, critical thinking, and strategy. Plus, with their replay-ability board games can be a very good investment.
  5. BE BORED
    Lastly, one of the best things that you can do is just let your child be bored. As bad as that may sound, being bored can actually be a good thing. Many studies have found that boredom leads to creativity. This is more important now more than ever since there are so many devices out there to help us alleviate boredom. Kids don’t actually have a lot of time to be bored nowadays, so letting them be bored from time to time is actually a good thing. It can lead to more creativity in your child.

Don’t Stress, Just Have Fun

While keeping kids entertained over the summer can be a tough job, it is possible to do without spending boatloads of money on extravagant outings. Following some of the above ideas can be great ways to keep kids entertained and/or busy this summer without straining your bank account.

While a parent may feel the need to make sure their child is entertained for the entirety of the summer break, it is important to realize that not only is that not possible, especially for working parents, but it is unrealistic. Boredom happens to everyone, and can often lead to great new ideas. So don’t worry too much if your child isn’t entertained 24/7, it can lead to some creative new ideas.

Do you have any cheap and affordable ways that you keep your kid(s) entertained during summer break?

If so, share them in the comments below and help out other parents.

 

The Cost Of Hosting The Olympic Games In Los Angeles

The Cost Of Hosting The Olympic Games In Los Angeles

The Cost Of Hosting The Olympic Games In Los Angeles

Most people are aware of just how big of a deal the Olympic Games are. Countries from all over the world get together for some good natured competition to see who has the better athletes. No other event in the world requires this much cooperation between so many countries.

Naturally, hosting the Olympics is a pretty big deal as well. Cities all over the globe compete for the honor of being the location of the next Olympic. By hosting the games, and hosting them well, a city gets a chance to show off to the rest of the world. Pretty much every city and nation out there wants to show off like that.

The next upcoming Summer Olympics for 2020 will be held in Tokyo, Japan, the 2024 Games will be held in Paris, France, and the 2028 Games will be held in Los Angeles California. Hosting the games is no easy feat, and requires large amounts of money to do so. Recently, it was determined that the city of Los Angeles’ bid for the 2028 games had to be adjusted for inflation. The new estimated cost for the 2028 games is expected to be around $6.9 billion, 1.3 billion more than what was originally anticipated.

How Much Does It Cost To Host The Olympics?

Back in 2016, when the city of Los Angeles originally put in its bid to host the Olympic Games, it was trying to actually host the 2024 Games. Now, applying to host the Olympics is a lot harder than a city simply saying it wants to do so. Cities have to follow certain rules and guidelines set out by the International Olympics Committee (IOC). Some of the requirements include:

  • The city needs to be big enough to host the Games. This means they need to have stadiums, hotels, extensive mass transit systems, and the capability to produce high levels of security.
  • The city needs to prove to the IOC and city residents, that hosting the games will benefit the city, by creating new infrastructure and jobs, and not leave the city in massive amounts of debt.
  • The city needs to continue to have good media exposure from the time the bid is submitted to the time when the Games arrive.

On top of meeting those requirements, cities have to pay a fee of $150,000, to even be considered for the games, and submit an expected budget. IOC believes that the Olympic Games are a way of bettering the world, and want to ensure that whatever city the games are hosted will not be left with a huge burden after the games leave. Unfortunately, due to the size of the projects, many past Olympic venues fall into disrepair a few years after the games have come to pass.

When LA made its Olympic bid in 2016, it projected a cost of around $5.3 billion to host the Olympic Games. However, that wasn’t enough, the city would have to account for inflation in order to get a more accurate estimate for 2024. However, even after doing that, Los Angeles lost the bid to Paris. The IOC decided to award the 2028 bid to Los Angeles, provided it could come up with an updated projection by early 2019.

Well, the deadline came, and Los Angeles revealed its new estimated cost for hosting the Olympic Games in 2028, a whopping $6.9 billion. Luckily, this increase in cost isn’t due to any increased plans or projects for the game. It is simply due to the expected inflation over the next nine years.

The Olympics Return To Los Angeles

While hosting the Olympic Games is a big honor and very exciting, it is very costly. The cities hosting the games have to come up with ways to cover any excess expenses that aren’t covered by ticket sales and paid advertising. This means that the cost of the games could potentially be passed on to taxpayers if these estimations aren’t accurate enough.

Luckily, the city of Los Angeles plans on using already existing stadiums and venues for the event. Some of the venues were even built to host the Olympics back in 1984. Hopefully this will prevent LA from being left with any crippling debt like other previous host cities, such as Athens, Greece, and Montreal, Canada.

What do you think of Los Angeles hosting the Olympics Games once again in the coming decade?

Will it be a great opportunity for Californians to show off and see the games close to home, or does it pose too much of a risk for creating more taxes? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Don’t Leave The Scene Of An Accident Too Soon

Don’t Leave The Scene Of An Accident Too Soon

Don’t Leave The Scene Of An Accident Too Soon

Nobody ever wants to be in a car accident, even a minor one. A small accident could put a bump or ding on a person’s vehicle, while larger ones can result in severe injuries and even death. Due to this fact, people are afraid of getting in accidents, and rightfully so. No one wants to be responsible for hurting someone else. Unfortunately, accidents do happen.

When an accident happens, no matter how little or how bad it may be, a driver needs to remain on the scene to deal with it. If a driver leaves the scene of the accident before it is resolved, they could be charged with hit and run. That is a crime no one ever wants to be accused of.

A Driver’s Responsibility

Here in the state of California, a driver is responsible for handling any accidents that they are involved in, regardless of who is at fault for the accident. This means that if a driver hits another vehicle, or a person, they have to remain on the scene to help out as best as they can. If a driver is hit by another vehicle, they still have to stay on the scene until the accident has been handled.

In either situation, if the driver leaves the scene of the accident without first identifying themselves, they could be charged with hit and run. To identify themselves at the scene of an accident, a driver must stop their car and provide the other party involved in the accident with their identifying information. This includes the driver’s:

  • Name
  • Contact information
  • Current address
  • Driver’s License (upon request)
  • Vehicle registration (upon request)
  • The information of the vehicle’s owner, if the driver isn’t the owner

Though a driver should stay on the scene until it is completely dealt with, they can leave after they have given the other party this information if they are in a hurry to get somewhere. At least with the information given, the other party will be able to contact them to sort out the accident.

When it comes to hitting a parked car, a person should leave a note with all of the above information with a description of what happened, in a discreet, yet easy to find spot. The person should then contact the local police department and alert them of the accident. Doing all of these creates a record of the incident and shows that the drive tried to remedy the situation.

Penalties Of Committing Hit And Run

Under California Vehicle Codes (VC) 20002 and 20001, hit and run crimes can either be charged as misdemeanors or as felonies. How the crime is charged is dependent on what was damaged during the car accident that the driver fled from. If property was damaged, then the driver will face misdemeanor charges. If a person was injured or killed, then the driver will face felony charges.

The consequences of VC 20002, misdemeanor hit and run, are:

  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • A jail sentence of up to 6 months.
  • 3 years informal probation.
  • 2 points on driver’s record.
  • Restitutions to victims.

The consequences of VC 20001, felony hit and run, are:

  • A fine between $1,000 and $10,000.
  • A prison stay of 3 or 4 years.
  • 2 points on driver’s record.
  • Restitutions to victims.

A Driver Is Better Off Staying

Being charged with hit and run in California is no small matter. Hit and runs are taken very seriously, and can cost a driver more than just money. In addition, a driver can be accused of hit and run regardless of whether or not the accident was their fault. This means that by fleeing the scene of an accident, a driver can make circumstances worse for themselves. They may not have been in any legal trouble had they stayed, but by running, the driver becomes guilty of hit and run.

This is why it is best for drivers to just stop and pullover when they’ve been in an accident. Running will just make things worse.

What do you think of California’s hit and run laws?

Are they too strict, not strict enough, or just right? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Is It Possible To Steal Something That Was Delivered To You?

Is It Possible To Steal Something That Was Delivered To You?

Is It Possible To Steal Something That Was Delivered To You?

Most people are aware of the fact that stealing is wrong. They know that if they take something that isn’t theirs without permission, they could end up in big legal trouble. That is something nobody wants to deal with, which is why most people don’t take stuff that doesn’t belong to them.

However, what should people do when things sort of just fall into their laps? In today’s modern world, packages arrive at peoples’ homes all of the time. Most of the time these packages are delivered properly, but sometimes packages get delivered to the wrong address or the wrong thing was shipped to the person. In these instances, what should a person do? Do they try to return it or keep it as a nice gift? After all, the company messed up, not the person ordering the item, right?

As it turns out, the answer isn’t so simple. This is still relatively new territory as far as the law is concerned, and one Massachusetts man learned this the hard way.

How The Story Goes

A Massachusetts man recently made headlines for being arrested for stealing a TV that was mistakenly delivered to his house. He had recently ordered a 75-inch flat screen TV valued at around $1,200. What was delivered instead was an 86-inch flat screen valued at double the price, around $2,700. The man kept the mistaken delivery, accepting it as a bit of good luck. He even did a quick internet search to see if he could get into trouble for keeping the TV.

On the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website, he found what he thought was the answer he was looking for. The site stated that if a person receives merchandise they didn’t order, they have a legal right to keep it. The man took this to mean that he could keep the TV. However, this particular line was talking about instances where companies try to send people unordered products for free, then demand payment for said products.

The delivery company soon realized its mistake and began to try and contact the man. However, the man never felt any obligation to answer those calls. According to the delivery company, the calls were either ignored or answered by a male voice claiming to be the father of the man in question, who promised to pass the news along to his son.

After a few days of getting nowhere with this, the delivery company contacted the police and filled them in on the situation. A pair of police officers were sent to the home where they met the man in the driveway. They spoke to him about the TV, which one of the officers could see mounted on the wall through a front window. The man denied being home to receive the package when it arrived, despite that the delivery man was able to identify him from a photo lineup. The man stated that one of his employees must have signed for it. He asked to see the signature on the delivery slip, and claimed that it wasn’t his.

The officers left and later got a warrant to arrest the man. As the police sought a warrant, one officer stated that the man clearly lied and refused to answer his telephone, and would likely lie about receiving a summon and will not show up for court. Shortly after, a group of officers surrounded the house and arrested the man. They charged him with felony larceny by false pretense and a second charge of misleading a police. The man was released from jail shortly after and is currently looking for a defense lawyer. If found guilty, the man will face up to 15 years in prison and several thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees.

What Happens Next?

When it comes down to who was right and wrong in this case, no one is quite sure. As stated earlier, this case is rather unique and unheard of. One criminal defense lawyer, who has worked with law for 20 years, argues that larceny in Massachusetts requires the actual taking of property, which didn’t technically occur in this scenario. Another lawyer says that the large price of the item probably necessitated that the man report the incident to the company.

For those looking to avoid a similar situation, it is always best to contact the delivery company or sender of the package to alert them of the error. Depending on the item, some companies have been known to let the error stand, chalking it up to their own mistake. Once that is done, the person should try to help them out wherever possible that way a person cannot be accused of stealing something that was delivered to them.

What do you think of this?

Should the man have tried to return the TV or was he right to keep it for himself? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Animal Abuse Is Against The Law

Animal Abuse Is Against The Law

Animal Abuse Is Against The Law

Every good pet owner would agree that their pet’s wellbeing often comes before their own. They want to make sure that their pet is safe and happy. Even most non-pet owners want to help out animals who are in distress, if they can. Sadly, not everyone is so compassionate. There are some people out there who simply don’t care about animals, or find it fun to cause harm to them.

This is why there are laws in place that make it illegal to cause harm or distress to an animal. California’s primary animal abuse law is Penal Code (PC) 597. This law protects all animals, including:

  • Domesticated pets
  • Strays
  • Wild animals

The law covers all kinds of animal cruelty, including but not limited to:

  • Neglect
  • Cockfighting
  • Dogfighting
  • Leaving animals unattended in vehicles

Penal Code (PC) 597 prohibits a person from maliciously or intentionally harming an animal in anyway way that a person could possibly think of. If a person is caught breaking this law, they could face either misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the case. As a misdemeanor charge, a person can face up to a year in county jail and a fine of no more than $20,000. Felony charges can earn a person 16 months, 2 or 3 years in jail, and a similar fine to that of the misdemeanor charges.

Most people do not want to harm animals, whether they are their pets or not, so they don’t have to worry too much about being charged with animal abuse. Since animals cannot speak for themselves, a person is encouraged to contact local law enforcement if they see or suspect that an animal is being abused.

 

The Real Cost Of A DUI Charge

The Real Cost Of A DUI Charge

The Real Cost Of A DUI Charge

Most people out there recognize the fact that driving while drunk is a very bad idea. While a person is drunk, their mind isn’t what it normally is, meaning they are more likely to make costly mistakes. This is why it is illegal to drive while drunk all over the country.

Here in California, the penalties for committing DUI include:

  • Some form of probation.
  • Up to one year in county jail.
  • Fines up to $1,000.
  • Suspended or revoked driver’s license.
  • Needing to attend DUI school.
  • Paying possible restitutions.

These all seem like pretty bad penalties to deal with for most people. However, it is not scary enough for some people considering they still decide to drive drunk. What these people realize is that the cost of the DUI is a lot more expensive than just a $1,000 fine. There are all sorts of costs to consider, including:

  • Towing and storage fees for the vehicle roughly $650.
  • DUI classes cost money, roughly $650.
  • Attorney fees cost a couple thousand dollars.
  • Driver’s license reinstatement costs $100.
  • Insurance rate hikes, can average around $40,000 over 13 years.
  • Restitutions for anyone who was hurt can cost several thousands.

Even a single DUI offense can be incredibly expensive. This is just another reason why a person should never drink and drive.

 

Did You Suddenly Find Yourself In Need Of Bail Help?

Did You Suddenly Find Yourself In Need Of Bail Help?

Did You Suddenly Find Yourself In Need Of Bail Help?

The thought of bailing someone out of jail is not one that crosses a person’s mind unless they suddenly find themselves needing to bail out a loved one. This is usually due to the fact that people don’t want to even imagine the idea that someone they know might get arrested. While this may work out for some people, not everyone is lucky enough to never need to post bail in their life.

The fact of the matter is, thousands of people are arrested every single day in California alone. That means that at least twice as many people out their learn that that a loved one has been arrested and needs to be bailed out. That is not a fun thing to discover. Something like this can leave a person shocked and confused. Luckily, there are people out there who can help.

If you need bail help in the State of California, then you need to talk to the professional bail agents here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia. For over 30 years, we have been helping clients deal with the shock of a loved one’s arrest. We help our clients understand the bail process, and get their loved one out of jail quickly and affordably.

If you suddenly find yourself in need of bailing someone out of jail, do not panic. You can trust that the bail agents here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia will have your back. We provide all of the following to our clients:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • 20% Discount – to qualified clients
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • No hidden fees – unlike other bail agencies
  • No collateral with Working Co-signer
  • Se habla Español

Do not let the shock of a loved one’s arrest prevent you from lending a hand. Just because you don’t know much about the bail process does not mean that you cannot help. Just talk to one of our helpful bail agents. They will be more than happy to answer your questions about the bail process and your loved one’s arrest. After talking to one of our agents, you will see that there is nothing to worry about. We promise, we won’t let you down.

Get the bail bond process started right away by calling David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 661-326-0608 or click Chat With Us now.

What To Expect At DUI Checkpoints This New Year’s Eve

What To Expect At DUI Checkpoints This New Year’s Eve

What To Expect At DUI Checkpoints This New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is arguably one of the biggest party nights of the year. Everyone is staying up late waiting to ring the New Year in with flair. All of this partying has a tendency to lead to a lot of drinking. Unfortunately, this leads to a lot of people drinking and driving. In order to prevent accidents, many law enforcement agencies will setup DUI checkpoints.

DUI checkpoints may look intimidating, but they are nothing to worry about. After all, they are there to help keep the roads safe for everyone. So long as the person who is driving has not been drinking, they have nothing to worry about.

When a person drives up to a DUI checkpoint, they will likely be instructed to wait until an officer is available to talk to them. Once an officer is ready, they will wave the car forward. From there, the officer will ask the driver a few questions:

  • Where are you coming from?
  • Where are you going?
  • Have you been drinking?

The officer will also ask to see driver’s license and registration.

As long as there are no signs that the driver has been drinking or consuming marijuana, then the officer will allow the driver to continue to their destination.

If the officer suspects that the driver has consumed alcohol, then the driver will be asked to pull over to the side where another officer will conduct a field sobriety test. If the driver fails that, then they could be ticketed, fined, and will likely have to wait for someone to come pick them up.

The whole point of DUI checkpoints is to keep drunk drivers off of the road. They increase in frequency around holidays that involve a lot of partying. That is why it shouldn’t come as a surprise if a driver finds themselves at a DUI checkpoint this New Year’s Eve.

Stay Safe Everyone and Happy New Year!

 

You Didn’t Plan On Needing Bail, But You Handled It Quickly

You Didn’t Plan On Needing Bail, But You Handled It Quickly

You Didn’t Plan On Needing Bail, But You Handled It Quickly

One minute, everything was going great, and the next thing you know you are getting a call from jail. One of your loved ones was arrested, and asking you for help. You didn’t plan on bailing someone out of jail today, and yet here you are. Helping your friend or family member get out of jail is now your main concern.

You’ve never had to bail someone out of jail before, but you are not going to let that stop you. After a quick internet search, you have found some professionals who can provide their assistance. Since 1987, David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia has been helping Californians deal with bail.

We will be more than happy to help you too.

Our professional bail agents are available 24/7. Whenever you need to ask them a question about bail or need assistance with the bail process, they will be there for you. Once you start talking to one of our agents, they will begin working on your loved one’s bail. All they need to get started is your loved one’s name, his or her date of birth, and county of arrest.

Once we have located your loved one in the county jail system and filled out the paperwork, we can begin figuring out a payment plan. This payment plan will break up the upfront cost of the bail bond and spread it out over several months. With a payment plan designed to fit your financial situation, you will be able to afford to post your loved one’s bail.

With help from David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, you will be able to get your loved one out of jail quickly and affordably. This means your loved one will be out of jail in no time, and that you will not have to drain your bank account to achieve this goal. You can rest easy knowing that you and your arrested loved one are in good hands.

To learn more about our services, feel free to call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or Chat With Us now. Consultation is always FREE!

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