Online Is The Easiest Way

Thief holding a social security card.

When it is time apply for social security options, the process can start in person at a Social Security office or on line from a remote location. The online process is recommended on the Social Security website as “the easiest way to complete your application at a time that works for you, without a trip to the Social Security office.” Who doesn’t want easy?

Applying online even guarantees personal identifiable information (PII) readily available if filed at the comfort of home which is helpful as the website says a Social Security card, birth certificate or proof of age may be asked for. “May” being the key word that fraudsters like to see as in the case of John Logan Capps III.

For over 20 years, Capps used several stolen identities to fraudulently apply for and receive SSA benefits. Using stolen identities is easier from the comfort of a couch at home! In total, Capps is responsible for receiving $1,364,648.40 in stolen funds from the SSA.

On September 8, 2022, Capps was sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by 36 months of supervised release. Fortunately, Capps won’t have any financial income while in prison. As you are not allowed to receive Social Security benefits while incarcerated, Capps own SS benefits will be suspended until the month he is released.  No backpay is given!

In addition to his prison sentence, Capps was ordered to pay over $1.3 million in restitution.

Today’s Fraud of the Day is based on an article “FM man sentenced for stealing Social Security Benefits” published by Mohave Valley Daily News on October 2, 2022

FORT MOHAVE — A Fort Mohave man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing more than $1 million in Social Security benefits by using stolen identities. John Logan Capps III, 71, was sentenced last month by Chief U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow to 18 months in prison, to be followed by 36 months of supervised release. Capps also was ordered to pay more than $1.3 million in restitution.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona, Capps used stolen identities over a 20-year span to apply for and receive Social Security Administration benefits.



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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.