Just another Day on the Job

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I’m sure we’ve all had negative experiences with the job search process. Good resumes aren’t the only qualifier for many jobs—employers want more. Once we find a job, we essentially spend our time trying to keep it until we move to the next one or are able to retire. For some, retirement is great; for others, the job market calls them back. According to an article in the Portland Press Herald, one man found his way out of retirement and back into the job market, making sure to keep his pension benefits with him.

While our economy is nowhere near a great depression, it has impacted people differently. For example, some retirees find that their pension benefits are not sufficient to meet their needs and are forced to return to searching for a job. (They better bring a good resume, a clean suit and every other unthinkable skill with them – it’s a tough market for job hunting.) For one Maine resident, this led to his decision to steal more than $83,000 in federal pension funds by continuing to receive retirement payments after he had returned to work. (With numerous baby boomers retiring and then reentering the workforce, this comes as no surprise.) Was this just a simple error or a fraudulent scheme aimed to cash in on benefits intended to help individuals actually in need?

An investigation dug deep to recover what was confirmed as a fraudulent scam. The authorities say that the fraudster began retirement in 2004, after leaving a local railway company. In 2007, he returned to work for a different railway company, where he used another individual’s personal identification information for his time cards. (Ah, the old switcheroo. I see what he did here.) Between 2007 and 2010, the man continued working for the railway company, while collecting nearly $83,000 in pension benefits. (Just a thought – was the person whose identity he used at his new job deceased or alive? That could really make things interesting.) The judge warned that he faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

As a fraudster, you think it’s just another day on the job until the federal government comes knocking on your door to arrest you. Most hardworking citizens don’t worry too much about it. Beware fraudsters – you may think retirement is golf clubs and cigars, but in jail they don’t readily hand out the finer things in life.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Maine Man Pleads Guilty to Pension Fraud,” published by the Portland Press Herald on April 24, 2013.

BANGOR — A Pittston man has pleaded guilty to theft of more than $83,000 in federal pension funds by continuing to receive retirement payments even after he returned to work.

Federal prosecutors say 68-year-old Gerald E. Bailey pleaded guilty Tuesday.

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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.