Healthy Habits

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It’s great to practice healthy habits – eat well, exercise and lead a happy lifestyle. If only it were that easy to achieve balance in those three aspects of life. For some, happiness doesn’t come from eating well and exercising; rather, it comes from luxurious items, such as cars and designer handbags. According to an eSecurity Planet article, one woman found happiness in fraud, until she found herself facing jail time.

While many doctors put years into studies and practice to gain status, cons put effort into imitation to gain whatever it is they want (status, money, etc). A con artist/owner of a New York based medical equipment company found herself facing charges for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud and HIPPA identity crimes. (Hey, it’s a tough world out there. Sometimes you just have to commit fraud to become successful!) During a four year stint, the woman used her power as the CEO of her company to gain access to medical records, to commit fraud – the key ingredient to her life happiness.

It would seem like four years of being a con artist is a long, tedious job; however, reapin? benefits like ? multi-million dollar home, luxury vehicles and designer handbags make the work worth the struggleSource: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Health Care Provider Gets 12 Years in Prison for Identity Theft,” written by Jeff Goldman and published by the eSecurity Planet on April 12, 2012.

The FBI recently announced that Helene Michel, owner of medical equipment company Medical Solutions Management Inc. (MSM), has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, and HIPAA identity theft crimes. Michel was also ordered to forfeit $1.3 million that was seized by the government when she was indicted (h/t PHIprivacy.net).

Between April 2003 and March 2007, Michel owned and operated MSM, and apparently used her position as a medical equipment company owner to enter New York nursing homes in order to steal patient records. She also apparently posed at various times as a doctor, a nurse practitioner, and a wound care expert, and even accompanied doctors on rounds.

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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.