The Insanity of It All

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Listen to this Story (But that doesn’t mean an insanity defense will actually work.) A story reported by WSAZ News Channel 3 states that a couple, who lied about their living arrangements, was able to swindle the Social Security Administration and Kentucky’s Medicaid program out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

According to the story, the deceitful duo misrepresented themselves to the Social Security Administration and Kentucky Medicaid program for 17 years. The wife claimed that she and her husband were living separately and not sharing living expenses, so she fraudulently claimed and collected $280,000 in Medicaid and Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for which she was not eligible. (That averages more than $16,000 a year taken out of the pockets of the aged, blind and disabled who have little or no income.)

The 59-year-old wife was found guilty of SSI fraud, Medicaid fraud, theft of government property and making a false statement. She was sentenced to 36 months in prison. Her husband was found guilty of making a false sentence and was sentenced to 24 months in prison. (Now they will have to live separately.) In addition to their prison sentences, the couple has been ordered to pay restitution equal to the amount they stole.

Perhaps while serving out their prison sentences, this couple of schemers can devise a plan to support each other honestly instead of stealing from the government and those who qualify for and deserve government support.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”UPDATE: Ashland couple sentenced to prison for defrauding Social Security,” written by Staff and published by WSAZ-TV on November 30, 2015.

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) — An Ashland, Ky., couple convicted of devising a scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration and the Kentucky Medicaid Program, out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefit payments, learned their federal prison sentences Monday.

Diana Lynn Ball, 59, was sentenced to 36 months for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) fraud, Medicaid fraud, theft of government property and making a false statement.

Her husband, Lawrence Ball, 59, received 24 months for making a false statement.

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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.