US army investigates hundreds of soldiers for recruitment fraud

Officials tell Senate that illegal kickbacks cost the US at least $29m as part of national guard program to boost enlistment   Associated Press in Washington theguardian.com,   Tuesday 4 February 2014 17.43 EST The recruitment program began to improve enlistment during difficult years of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Photograph: Massoud Houssaini/AFP/Getty Images Hundreds…

EPA reels as climate-change expert awaits sentencing for $1m CIA fraud

• John Beale pretended to be CIA agent for a decade • Republicans round on agency chief Gina McCarthy Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent theguardian.com,  Monday 16 December 2013 14.19 EST EPA administrator Gina McCarthy testifies before a Senate committee in April. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters It is a story that flummoxed investigators – how a…

Journal withdraws controversial French Monsanto GM study : Even though “no evidence of fraud or intentional misrepresentation of the data.”

Source: Reuters – Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:37 PM Author: Reuters * Hundreds of scientists criticised Seralini’s paper * Journal editor asked to see raw data in investigation * Paper withdrawn due to concerns about sample size * “No evidence of fraud or intentional misrepresentation” Opponents claim “The strain of rats used is highly susceptible…

Ukrainian thugs scam State Dept, highlighting flaws in ‘diversity visa’ program

Posted By Brendan Bordelon On 8:48 AM  10/29/2013 In  | No Comments Ukrainian fraudsters are duping the State Department’s diversity visa program to extort cash from Ukrainian citizens and gain access to American Social Security numbers, a new report by the department’s inspector general alleges. “Organized fraud rings masquerading as travel agencies have taken control…

Scientific fraud: a sign of the times?

Are dodgy lab dealings a modern day dilemma or business as usual? The infamous Piltdown Man skull. Photograph: Rischgitz/Getty If you read about scientific fraud in the recent news, it would seem that there is much to worry about. It’s on the rise, apparently! There has been a 10-fold increase in the number of retracted…

Applying algorithm to social networks can reveal hidden connections criminals use to commit fraud, says UAlberta researcher

Contact: Jamie Hanlon jamie.hanlon@ualberta.ca 780-492-9214 University of Alberta Math tree may help root out fraudsters Fraudsters beware: the more your social networks connect you and your accomplices to the crime, the easier it will be to shake you from the tree. The Steiner tree, that is. In an article recently published in the journal Computer…