Permission to Commit Fraud

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Sometimes it is difficult to commit a crime alone. Co-conspirators are often needed to pull off fraudulent activity. The Montgomery Advertiser reports on a man who enlisted a variety of co-conspirators to commit identity theft and tax fraud.

The article states that over a two-year period, a Montgomery man obtained personal identification information from an Alabama state employee. He then used these identities to file more than 100 false tax returns requesting more than $400,000 in refunds.

In order to pull off the crime, he also recruited a bank employee to deposit the bogus refunds. (I wonder what her take was.) He then allegedly enlisted a few bank account holders who gave him permission to deposit the funds in their accounts. The agreement required the bank account holders to deliver the money to the fraudster.

The fraudster pleaded guilty defrauding the United Sates and aggravated identity theft. He is facing between two and 12 years in prison, three years supervised release, restitution and a maximum fine of $250,000. The bank employee pleaded guilty to her part in the crime and is awaiting sentencing.

It appears that criminals have friends in all kinds of places, whether state offices or just bank account holders. (And it always amazes me how criminals don’t seem to consider the outcomes of their criminal endeavors before they commit a crime.) It would behoove anyone who considers being an accomplice of a crime to think about the consequences of his or her actions. (Don’t give anyone permission to deposit suspect funds into your bank account.) The article doesn’t state what happened with the bank account holders, but if the allegations are true, I bet they are wishing they had thought twice before giving their permission.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Montgomery Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud, ID Theft,” written by Scott Johnson and published by the Montgomery Advertiser on January 15, 2014.

MONTGOMERY – A Montgomery man has pleaded guilty to taking part in a stolen identity tax refund scheme, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama announced.

Nakia Jackson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of aggravated identity theft.

 

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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.