Official Lies Lead to Official Trouble

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The Maine criminal code states that a person can be guilty of ”unsworn falsification” if they make a written false statement they do not believe is true. A woman from Maine, who officially lied on her government benefits applications, is now in official trouble for receiving a variety of benefits she did not deserve.

According to a CentralMaine.com article, the woman collected nearly $23,000 in welfare benefits over a 33-month period. She was able to steal food stamps worth more than $10,000, emergency assistance and program benefits from MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program – all because she did not disclose the fact that she was working and earning income during the time she received those benefits.

The 37-year-old woman pleaded guilty to theft by deception and will serve four months in jail. Because she entered a guilty plea, a charge of unsworn falsification was dropped and the additional time of her two-year prison sentence was suspended and replaced with two years of probation instead.She also has to pay $22,973.85 in restitution to the Department of Health and Human Services.

This case is a perfect example as to why you should always tell the truth. When applying for government benefits, make sure the information you provide is truthful before signing your name on the dotted line, because you will be held accountable.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Norridgewock woman sentenced for welfare fraud” posted on CentralMaine.com on July 12, 2016.

AUGUSTA — A former city woman will serve an initial four months in jail for welfare fraud involving almost $23,000 in state benefits over a 33-month period.

Nina Maraglia, 37, formerly of Augusta and now of Norridgewock, had the remainder of the two-year sentence suspended and was placed on two years’ probation.

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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.