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The dish on disbursement fraud

Forging signatures on checks, charging personal purchases to company credit cards and paying off personal credit cards with company funds are just a few examples of a common form of embezzlement: disbursement fraud. Since this is the most common form ...

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If Croatia, why not Idaho?

It seems as though everyone is visiting Croatia right now, or knows someone who is. Our own construction and real estate reporter, Jennifer Gonzalez, just returned from three weeks traveling in and around Dubrovnik. My parents went sailing there in ...

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Brand journalism makes you reporter and publisher

(Part two of a two-part series) In the first of this two-part series, we looked at how companies can use case studies to increase interest and traffic and, ultimately, to win new customers. In this second of two parts, we ...

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A change in approach

Idaho Transportation Department Director Brian Ness gave state lawmakers some bad news this year on road and bridge maintenance. Ness said that in less than 10 years, almost one-third of Idaho’s highways would need pavement repairs. More than one-third of ...

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A judgment call

I was asked to be a judge in the 2013 Miss Idaho competition. Flattered? Of course. But I am not unfamiliar with such requests and, in fact, over the years, because of what I do for a living, I have ...

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Employment law and disasters, natural and otherwise

In addition to myriad social, emotional, security and economic issues, the Boston Marathon bombings raised employment law implications for affected businesses and employees. The tragic bombings forced businesses and even the City of Boston itself to close. The aftermath of ...

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Barking up the right tree

A few years ago, the City of Boise Parks and Rec department launched a pilot program that was going to the dogs — literally. In addition to four sunrise-to-sunset off-leash dog parks, they opened up seven more, under various hours ...

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Lessons from the Tamarack Resort foreclosure

When the Titanic hit an iceberg, it only had enough lifeboats for one-third of its passengers. Tamarack Resort’s creditors have a similar problem; there are not enough lifeboats. The “lifeboat” for a troubled loan is collateral. It is the most ...

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Getting tough on resume fraud (access required)

Patrick Couwenberg was once a Los Angeles Superior Court justice. He had one very large problem: his resume bore very little resemblance to the truth. Every section of his resume contained lies – about his education, military service (a nonexistent ...

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