You Can Run, But You Don’t Have To Hide

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After six years on the run, a Mexican man who lived in Nashville when he allegedly defrauded the U.S. government has been captured by authorities.

In 2015, Claudio Juarez and 46 others were charged with conspiracy to file false income tax returns against the United States, wire fraud and theft of public money from as far back as 2011. It was a very elaborate scheme consisting of tax return preparation businesses throughout middle Tennessee with many of those involved, including Juarez, in the United States illegally. Juarez’s alleged role in the multi-million-dollar scheme was crucial to its success as he cashed fraudulent checks and dealt in fake documents such as W-2’s and other fraudulent identification documents.

When agents attempted to arrest Juarez, he evaded capture and avoided the fate endured by his fellow fraudsters. Agents said Juarez remained elusive for six years, but the law caught up with him after he allegedly filed more fraudulent tax returns this year. Further investigation led the agents to a Bowling Green tax preparer and that led to where Juarez was hiding. Where was our fraudster hiding? In his home, in plain sight.

Juarez was arrested and awaits trial.  The other 46 conspirators in the scheme have been found guilty in court and currently serving time.

Shout out to the Internal Revenue Service and Homeland Security Investigations for bringing to an end a very large scheme to steal from the United States taxpayers.

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article posted in WTZ News on June 29th, 2022

Fugitive arrested for Midstate tax fraud conspiracy

A Mexican national arrested Wednesday morning is facing federal charges connected to a tax fraud conspiracy in Middle Tennessee.

The Dept. of Justice reports 40-year-old Claudio Juarez, of Oaxaca, Mexico, was taken into custody at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Federal agents say he’d been on the run for six years.  Juarez was indicted in a conspiracy to file fraudulent federal income tax returns.

Juarez is among several people charged in 2016 with conspiracy to file false claims against the United States, wire fraud, and theft of more than $1,000 of public

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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.