Fraud” the Nor’easter


Meteorologists have taken to naming large storms like hurricanes, typhoons and nor’easters to warn people about dangerous incoming storms. At different points in history, officials have explored names to include political figures and even radio names. Today, there is a process to naming large storms; just as there is a process for criminals to defraud the government of disaster relief funds after the named monsters have wreaked havoc on our country. According to a article, the 2010 nor’easter that slammed into New Jersey might just have to be renamed ”Fraud.”

In March 2010, a powerful nor’easter slammed into the coast of New Jersey, causing extensive wind damage and flooding. In response to the disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offered disaster relief benefits to individuals that had sustained damage to their residences.Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Official: NJ Woman Sentenced in FEMA Disaster Scam,” published by on June 18, 2013.

CAMDEN — An Atlantic City woman who stole more than $15,000 in benefit money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after a 2010 nor’easter was sentenced Monday to more than two years in prison.

Debbie Hicks also was ordered to make full restitution and serve three years of supervised release once she’s freed from prison. She had pleaded guilty to disaster benefits fraud and making false statements to federal housing authorities.

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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.