Three Times a Charm

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A woman in Medford, Mass., admitted to lying so she could receive $108,288 in Social Security, Medicare and MassHealth benefits and food stamps over a 10-year period. (SO ambitious!). She was subsequently charged for her Food Stamp, Social Security and Medicare fraud scheme (Three times a charm, right?)

As a result, Stephanie DiPirerro, 39, was sentenced in federal court in Boston earlier this year to one year and a day in prison and three years of supervised release. She was also ordered to repay the fraudulent benefits. (Let’s hope she saved some $.)

DiPirerro pleaded guilty to three counts of theft of public funds, two counts of making false statements and one count of falsely representing a Social Security number. She admitted to stealing $73,288 in Social Security benefits, $8,455 in Medicare benefits, $8,615 in MassHealth benefits and $17,929 in food stamps between 2007 and 2017. During that time, she told the state Department of Transitional Assistance that she did not have any other income, even though she was working as a personal care attendant.

DiPirerro also falsely represented her Social Security number on a timesheet connected to her employment, investigators said. (Because four government agencies weren’t enough). The case was investigated by officials with the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the state auditor.

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article, “Woman sentenced to 1 year in jail and ordered to pay restitution for stealing food stamps, Social Security, other benefits,” posted on masslive.com on February 26, 2019.

A Medford woman who admitted to lying so she could receive $108,288 in Social Security benefits, Medicare benefits, MassHealth benefits and food stamps over a 10-year period was sentenced to jail on Monday.

Stephanie DiPirerro, 39, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and three years of supervised release in federal court in Boston. She was also ordered to pay back all the money she received in benefits by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young, said Christina DiLorio-Sterling, spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling.

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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.