Mother of the Year

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Thief holding a social security card.

A Carroll County, Va., woman has pleaded guilty to Supplemental Security Income fraud after receiving disability benefits for which she was not entitled. Jessica Lynn Hawks, 37, lied to receive benefits from the Social Security Administration for more than two years.

Hawks admitted that from February 7, 2014 to August 1, 2016, she received $21,858 in Supplemental Security Income disability benefits on behalf of a minor child. Hawks falsely claimed that a disabled minor was in her custody during this time and that she was using the disability benefits to pay for the child’s needs. (I don’t think she’ll be winning mother of the year anytime soon.)

The Social Security Administration was also supposed to be notified of any change in the child’s living arrangements or care.  Hawks lost custody of her child in February 2014 but never informed the Social Security Administration that the minor child was no longer in her care. (After reading I don’t think it comes as any surprise that Hawks lost custody of her child.)

Instead, Hawks continued to collect disability benefits on behalf of her child and used the money for personal expenditures. (What kind of mother steals benefits from their child so that they can spend money frivolously?)   

Hawks pleaded guilty to knowingly and willfully converting Supplemental Security Income disability benefits received for the use and benefit of another. She is scheduled to be sentenced on September 28, 2021 and faces a period of incarceration of up to six months. (I’m sure the government will be keeping an eye on her until her day in court.)

Today’s Fraud of the Day comes from a Department of Justice press release, “Carroll County Woman Pleads Guilty to Supplemental Security Income Fraud,” dated June 10, 2021.

ABINGDON, Va. – A Carroll County woman pleaded guilty today to Supplemental Security Income fraud after receiving disability benefits for more than two years for which she was not entitled.

According to court documents, Jessica Lynn Hawks, previously known as Jessica Lynn Wardwell, 37, received benefits from the Social Security Administration for which she was not entitled. Hawks admitted today that from February 7, 2014 to August 1, 2016, she received $21,858 in Supplemental Security Income disability benefits of behalf of a minor child that was no longer in her custody. Hawks agreed under penalty of perjury that she would use all disability benefits made to her as the representative payee for her minor child’s needs.

 

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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.