Fraud in the Last Frontier

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An Anchorage woman was convicted of food stamp fraud and was ordered to pay $8,510 in restitution to the state. According to the Anchorage Daily News, the woman also failed to disclose that her child’s biological father was living with her and contributing to the income of the household. She claimed to have no idea that what she was doing was illegal, saying: ”I was not trying to defraud them intentionally at all.” (”I wasn’t trying to defraud them intentionally and not get CAUGHT at all,” sounds more like it.)

Apparently the man living with her was making $67,000 to $82,000 a year during the four-year period in which she was accused of fraud. The woman said she didn’t list him as someone in her household because he didn’t contribute to her living expenses (except for those of their child). Due to the inaccurate reporting of her household, the woman received over $6,949 in food stamps. She was sentenced to five years of probation and 60 hours of community service, in addition to paying restitution. (Yee-haw!)

I think it’s worth mentioning that this woman’s criminal history includes convictions for shoplifting, assault, drunk driving, larceny and forgery. (When does she have time to shop and use her fraudulently obtained food stamps?!) It’s safe to say that this story speaks for itself: food stamps need to be better regulated, and fraudsters need to be fed to the polar bears.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on the article entitled, ”Anchorage Woman is Convicted of Food Stamp Fraud” written by Kyle Hopkins and published by the Anchorage Daily News on June 15, 2012.

An Anchorage woman who prosecutors say deceived the state office of public assistance for years has been convicted of felony theft and ordered to repay $8,510.

A fraud investigator found that Anchorage resident Brenna Marie Lowe, 48, failed to disclose that her child’s biological father was living with her and earning “significant income” as a city employee even as Lowe received food stamps and other benefits, according to the Department of Law.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.