Hiding in Plain View

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A popular book character in a children’s series follows a man who travels around the world with a variety of items to assist in his adventures. It is the reader’s job to search extremely detailed illustrated pages to find the lost traveler and the items he leaves behind as clues related to his location. (Sometimes, the character is hiding in plain view.) An article posted on BusinessInsurance.com tells about a woman who is suspected of trying to hide from law enforcement’s view by allegedly assuming one of her twin daughters’ identities.

The story states that the woman purportedly applied for a job at a local fast food chain restaurant using the personal identification information for one of her twin daughters. (She got the job and worked alongside her other twin daughter who called her mother by her twin sister’s name to further substantiate the claim.) Supposedly, the mother injured her leg while on the job at the fast food restaurant shortly after beginning work. After receiving treatment for the injury at a local hospital, the mother filed a workers’ compensation claim using her daughter’s identity.

Following the disability claim submission, investigators discovered the mother was already receiving disability benefits for a similar injury from the Social Security Administration at the time when she applied for a job at the fast food restaurant. (According to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation Enforcement Division, when arrested the mother presented her daughter’s ID as proof of her identification. The daughter who worked with her at the fast food establishment also allegedly confirmed with officials that her mother was her sister.)

The mother was arrested on workers’ compensation and aggravated identity fraud and other felony charges. The story also mentions that her co-worker daughter has not been arrested, but is wanted for other unrelated crimes.

The article mentions that this case is still under investigation with the final outcome to be determined. It is critical to note that this woman is presumed innocent.

What the facts alleged in this particular case illustrate are that deceptive acts occur all the time, in everyday situations, right in plain view. By reporting anonymous tips involving government fraud, waste and abuse, you can help the government operate more efficiently, be instrumental in changing laws governing fraud and assist in criminal prosecutions, all while saving taxpayer dollars.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Wendy’s Employee Cribbing Daughter’s ID Arrested for Workers Comp Fraud,” written by Stephanie Goldberg and posted on BusinessInsurance.com on July 23, 2015.

An injured Wendy’s restaurant employee claiming to be her own daughter has been arrested for workers compensation fraud among other felony charges, the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation Enforcement Division said.

Tina Marie Hamilton of Fairburn, Georgia, has been arrested on multiple felony charges, including workers comp fraud, forgery, aggravated identity fraud, false swearing, sworn false statements and conspiracy to commit a crime, the division said in a Tuesday statement.

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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.