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Fraudsters are generally deceitful when pulling off a scam. (They will do whatever it takes to throw investigators off their trail.)In an article published by The Free Lance-Star, a woman was brazen in her attempt to gain $28,500 from her county’s Social Services department. She lied about her living arrangements and her income level when submitting her fake application for food stamp benefits.

In true fraudster fashion, the woman deceptively listed incorrect addresses and did not reveal that she was actually living with her husband and benefitting from his income, which would have made her ineligible to receive food stamp benefits in the first place. (She was so cocky that one of the addresses she listed actually belonged to a business.) Her false claims enabled her to receive food stamp benefits that she was not entitled to for approximately three-and-a-half years.

The 38-year-old woman pleaded guilty to welfare fraud. She received a five year prison sentence with all but one month suspended. (Lucky for her, eight additional charges were dropped.) The judge also ordered her to pay $28,567 in restitution plus $450 in court costs and other fees.

The article states that the prosecutor in this case claimed that it is common for people to claim public assistance even though they are not eligible for it. (Most are so conceited that they do not think they will be caught and punished for their illegal deeds.) Let’s hope that this fraudster has learned the lesson that the government can also be brazen in its attempt to stop unscrupulous individuals from stealing money from honest taxpayers.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Woman Guilty of Welfare Fraud in Stafford,” written by Keith Epps and published by The Free Lance-Star on July 10, 2015.

A Stafford County woman who bilked the county’s Social Services department out of more than $28,500 was recently ordered to serve a month in prison.

Linda Denise Ramsey, 38, pleaded guilty in Stafford Circuit Court to welfare fraud.

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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.