The Concealing Game

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Typically known for its production of cheese and the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin is also home to fraudster John P. Fischer. (I’m sure that Wisconsin wishes it were not his home.) Fischer was recently sentenced after pleading guilty to Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) fraud.

Fischer admitted to defrauding federal and state social security programs out of more than $73,500 between 2009 and 2017. He knowingly concealed numerous financial resources from the Social Security Administration to qualify for the benefits. (He wanted more supplemental income without working for additional supplemental income We would all be so lucky to receive such a supplement.)

Prosecutors say Fischer filed for SSI claiming that he met all criteria, but in fact, he had bank accounts, investment accounts, and vehicles that put him well above the $2,000 limit. Among them was a Roth IRA worth more than $42,000 that Fischer knowingly concealed from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and secretly cashed out. (Fischer wasn’t someone who was desperate for cash, he was someone who wanted to pad his pockets at the expense of taxpayers.)

Fischer also paid more than $48,000 for two GMC Acadia SUVs without notifying the SSA that he had the money or the vehicles. In addition, Fischer’s scheme involved concealing his accounts and vehicles under the guise of two different “churches,” which were simply a front to hide his assets. (If I were Fischer, I’d start praying for a way out of the mess he’s made.)  

The funds he fraudulently obtained are emergency funds intended to help the blind, disabled, and those over 65 years of age who have little to no income and no more than $2,000 in resources. (They are not intended to finance new cars and lifestyle habits of fraudsters.)

Fischer was sentenced to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) fraud. Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has initiated an action to seize and auction two of Fischer’s vehicles, including a fully restored 1957 Chevy Bel Air that Fischer concealed from the SSA.

Today’s Fraud of the Day comes from an article, “Appleton man sentenced in Social Security fraud case,” published by Fox 11 News on November 24, 2021.

An Appleton man was sentenced for defrauding social security of more than $73,500.

John P. Fischer, 63, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) Fraud.



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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.