The Insanity of It All


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A proverb states that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result. In that case, today’s fraudster might want to see if she can be excused from her sentence for criminal insanity. KGAN-TV reports that a woman was recently sentenced for fraudulently filing 150 tax returns over the course of three years, and for stealing money from the federal government. (More than anything, it seems to me that this fraudster was compulsive in her efforts.)

The story states explains that the fraudster filed false tax returns with stolen identities. Despite filing more than 150 returns, she pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government property and one count of identity theft. The story states that she was sentenced to 61 months in prison. (Considering that her fraud was excessive, this lengthy sentence relative to what she pleaded guilty for – 61 months – isn’t surprising.)

The fraudster used someone else’s Social Security number and signed a tax return filing in their name, only to cash the return check for herself. In court, the fraudster admitted to cashing out more than $6,000 in fraudulent tax returns.

The good news here is that the fraudster was caught before she succeeded in bilking the government for even more money. Hopefully, she will use her time behind bars to make some changes and become a productive member of society.


Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”CR Woman Sentenced for ID Fraud,” and published by KGAN-TV on October 14, 2015.

A Cedar Rapids woman has been given 61 months in prison for using another person’s identity to file a fraudulent tax return and steal money from the U.S. government.

Prosecutors say 34-year-old Gwendolyn Murray was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. Murray had made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government property and one count of identity theft. She was accused of filing more than 150 fraudulent tax returns over a three-year period. Prosecutors say Murray admitted using someone else’s name and Social Security number and signing a fraudulent tax return that she filed in January 2012. Murray also admitted cashing the refund check of more than $6,000.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.