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Predatory Lending: Common Ethical Issue Among Mortgage Lenders

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

In the mortgage field, there is a lot of money at stake. Properties may cost several hundred thousand or even several million dollars. Because of this, mortgage lenders sometimes take advantage of potential buyers. They don’t make any money when they can’t approve a customer for a loan, so they’ll think of creative ways… Read More »

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Florida Pharmacy Worker Stole Drugs So “Cousin” Wouldn’t Rob the Store

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Why do people steal things? There are many reasons. Some people really need the item and can’t afford it. In some cases, people steal for the fun of it. They may get an adrenaline rush from doing so. They might steal something of value to sell it and get money. Sometimes people steal things… Read More »

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Professional Engineer’s License Suspended for Illegally Certifying Red Light Cameras

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

When it comes to engineering, there are many rules and ethics involved. Professional engineers are required to be licensed in the state in which they work. If they’re not properly licensed, they could face penalties such as fines and license loss. This is the case for a professional engineer from North Carolina. In 2019,… Read More »

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CPAs Facing Ethical Challenges Due to PPP

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

The coronavirus pandemic has brought about economic issues for the whole country. Individuals and businesses alike have been struggling to pay bills. Adults received stimulus checks to help with necessities. To pay for business expenses, small businesses and non-profit organizations were given the opportunity to apply for a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program… Read More »

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Psychologist’s License Suspended for Child Porn Possession

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Psychologists have a hard job. They are engaged to improve the mental and emotional health of patients, which is not an easy thing to do. They are held to high standards in terms of knowledge and ethics. If they are not very well-trained, they can cause significant harm to patients. They can also face… Read More »

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Nurse’s License Suspended for Fraud Charges

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

There are many types of elder abuse. While many people think of physical abuse, the abuse can be financial as well. Many caretakers take advantage of the elderly, particularly those with mental issues. When a nurse does it, he or she can be convicted of fraud and face harsh penalties, including license loss. A… Read More »

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Licenses Rarely Suspended for Dentists Performing Unnecessary Treatment

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

If your dentist was performing dental treatment that you felt was odd or unnecessary, what do you think would happen? Do you think your dentist would get his or her license suspended? Would the dentist face any sort of punishment? Statistics say probably not. State dental boards are run by dentists who oversee other… Read More »

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Ethics in Real Estate Photos

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

If you are looking to buy a new home, you are probably starting the process online. You have probably done internet searches to see what is available in your desired area. Maybe you have seen photos of gorgeous homes with creative descriptions. The homes probably look too good to be true. In some cases,… Read More »

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Microsoft Works With Engineers to Create AI Ethics Checklist

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

When professional engineers create new products, they often don’t know how to do their job ethically. They often don’t receive any guidelines from higher-ups. Ethics is a subject that is just starting to be taught in schools, so professional engineers who have been around for decades are often unsure what changes need to be… Read More »

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Vet Clinic Closes After Veterinarian’s License is Suspended

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

It can be sad to hear that your dog’s or cat’s veterinary clinic that you’ve used for ages is shutting down. Sometimes they close down because the veterinarian is retiring. In some cases, they are forced to shut down because of licensing issues. The Board of Veterinary Medicine in Virginia suspended the veterinarian’s license… Read More »