Shamed by a Sham

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It has to be embarrassing to be caught for fraud and then have the entire story broadcast to the public through the media. (Some criminals may get a kick out of the negative press, but others might be a bit shamed by their actions.) An article posted on the Web site for the CBS affiliate on Long Island describes the publicly broadcast resignation of a regretful assemblywoman, who faked her marriage to gain U.S. citizenship.

The article states that the former New York State Assemblywoman admitted that she lied about her sham marriage in 1996, which cost her $8,000. The Santo Domingo-born woman also underreported her husband’s wealth in a bankruptcy filing in 2009. (It seems that with many fraudsters, once they get away with one crime, it’s easier to commit the next one.)

The 47-year-old pleaded guilty to lying about her marriage in addition to underreporting her husband’s income. In her public statement she took responsibility for her illegal actions, but inferred that if she had not been an elected official, she may not have been caught. As part of her plea deal, she could get up to 18 months in prison at her sentencing.

It’s rough being a public servant. They are expected to be held to a higher standard and serve as an example to their constituents. (Perhaps she should have thought of this before running for public office.) It’s safe to say that her political career is over for the near future and the embarrassment from her shameful actions will hopefully influence more positive behavior in the future.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa Resigns, Admits to Sham Marriage for Citizenship,” published by the CBS affiliate for Long Island, New York on June 27, 2014.

NEW YORK — New York State Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa resigned from office Friday, as she joined a growing list of corrupt politicians with a confession in court.

As CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported, Rosa (D-Manhattan) admitted to lying about her marriage to gain U.S. citizenship.

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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.