False Representation

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Diomedes Ramirez Rodriguez, a Dominican National, is facing possible deportation after being convicted of several charges in federal court. He falsely represented his citizenship and social security number, misused a passport, and committed health care fraud. (One illegal activity just wasn’t enough I suppose).

In 2008 and 2010, Rodriguez applied for and received a passport using a Puerto Rican native’s personal identifying information. He then used that person’s Social Security number to apply for a Rhode Island driver’s license and identification card, which he later received.

That was not all he did. Rodriguez also illegally applied for and received $7,342.64 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and $39,023.61 in Rhode Island Medicaid Program Rite Care benefits. (The money may sound good, but crime never pays. You always get caught.)

Rodriguez pled guilty to false representation of a Social Security number, health care fraud, theft of public money, false representation of citizenship, and misuse of a passport. (It’s a good thing he ‘fessed up or his sentence of one year and eight days in prison could have been longer.) 

Today’s Fraud of the Day comes from a Department of Justice press release “Providence Man Sentenced, Faces Deportation for Misuse of a Passport, False Citizenship and False Social Security Number Claims, Health Care Fraud,” published on March 18, 2022.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Dominican national who resided in Providence is facing deportation after being convicted and sentenced in federal court for falsely representing his citizenship and Social Security number, misusing a passport, and for health care fraud, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha.

Diomedes Ramirez Rodriguez, 47, who has been detained in federal custody since his arrest on March 9, 2021, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Mary S. McElroy to time served – one year and eight days. He is further detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement awaiting deportation proceedings.

 

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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.