Decoding Fraud

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In times of conflict, a cryptologist’s services are highly coveted. People who are able to decode a variety of communications including digital signals or foreign languages are almost always in high demand by the military or intelligence agencies. However, because of the nature of discipline, unethical behavior can sometimes occur. A story published in the Sun-Sentinel follows a former cryptologist, who became caught up in her husband’s unethical behavior, which allegedly includes spying on the U.S. military.

The story states that the woman was married to a former government contractor who had access to top secret classified documents related to U.S. personnel serving in the Middle East. She submitted false records in order to gain U.S. citizenship. He is accused of stealing top secret classified documents from military email accounts, although authorities reportedly do not believe he released any information. When the cryptologist became aware of the investigation into her husband’s alleged activities, she quit her job with the U.S. Army approximately one year after she began work.

The 28-year-old wife pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit naturalization fraud and served five months in a Florida county jail. She was also sentenced to one year of supervised release and was ordered to cooperate if immigration officials decided to deport her. The 34-year-old husband is in a bit more trouble. He is charged with unauthorized possession and retention of national defense information, theft of government property and computer intrusion. He is currently in jail while awaiting trial.

Even though it doesn’t appear that this woman who falsified her records to obtain citizenship was a threat to national security, the story speculates that her unethical behavior was probably influenced by her husband. (It remains to be seen whether or not she will be deported.) This complicated case proves that when immigration fraud is committed, the government is committed to taking action against anyone who jeopardizes the safety of the United States and its citizens.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Wife of Man Charged in Spy Case Sentenced for Immigration Fraud,” written by Paula McMahon and published in the Sun-Sentinel on October 7, 2014.

When federal authorities began investigating a South Florida couple in a possible military spying and immigration fraud case, it wasn’t immediately clear who played what role in the alleged crimes.

But after examining all the evidence, prosecutors said Tuesday they were convinced the wife, Khadhraa Glenn, played just a limited role — only in the immigration fraud side of the case.

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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.