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I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Being unemployed as a result of incarceration does not entitle you to collect welfare. (But some people just won’t listen!) According to a press release published by the Nevada Attorney General’s office, a Las Vegas woman who helped an imprisoned man defraud the state’s unemployment benefits agency is now a felon, herself.

The woman defrauded the state of Nevada when she made false statements in claims made for unemployment insurance. Basically, she lied to the state to make it seem as though the man couldn’t find a job and was available and able to work. He actually was stuck behind bars on forgery charges. (Being stuck in jail does tend to interfere with the job search.)

This woman was quickly caught, hit with multiple related charges and, ultimately, sentenced to serve 12-60 months in prison for unemployment fraud that resulted in her filing $4,700 worth of bogus claims. (Now they are both behind bars and officially ”unemployed.”.)

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on, ”Attorney General LAXALT Announces Sentencing Of Las Vegas Woman For Unemployment Insurance Fraud,” a press release published by the Nevada Attorney General’s office on April 19, 2016.

In June 2013, the state filed a criminal complaint charging Boggio with multiple crimes relating to the unlawful filing of $4,700 in unemployment insurance claims. The charging documents state that Boggio filed claims for unemployment insurance benefits on behalf of Penardo. The documents also state that in doing so, Boggio falsely informed the state’s Employment Security Division that Penardo was able to work, failing to disclose the fact that Penardo was incarcerated on forgery charges at the time.

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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.