Brotherly Love


Brotherly love is an idea that lends credence to being kind and lenient to others through charitable acts. The Kansas City Business Journal details the story of a man who goes by ”Brother Love,” but his fraudulent actions were anything but loving and more related to the love of money.

The article states that as part of a $100 million tax fraud scheme, the man and other co-conspirators filed 284 fraudulent tax returns over a three-year period. The fraudster received a fee for each fraudulent return filed. ”Brother Love” directed the refund checks to be written to a ministry in his name. (There’s the charity connection. Most likely, he was the only one receiving charitable benefits.)

The fraudster pleaded guilty to one count each for conspiracy to defraud the government by filing fraudulent tax returns and filing a fraudulent tax return. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison and ordered to pay $952,000 in restitution. (What about the other $2.5+ million?) In total, 11 defendants have pleaded guilty in connection with the scam.

This criminal’s selfish love of money motivated him to victimize honest, hard-working taxpayers under the guise of being charitable. It’s a certainty that he won’t be receiving much lenience, kindness or charity while serving out his time.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”’Brother Jerry Love’ Gets 13 Years in Prison for Tax Fraud,” written by Brian Kaberline and published by the Kansas City Business Journal on March 13, 2014.

KANSAS CITY – A Kansas City man known as Brother Jerry Love was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison for directing a $100 million tax fraud conspiracy.

Gerald A. Poynter, also known as Brother Jerry Love, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Kansas City to 13 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $952,000 in restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri. Poynter pleaded guilty in November to one count each of conspiracy to defraud the government by filing fraudulent tax returns and of filing a fraudulent tax return.


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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.