The Relationship Between Drugs and Crime


The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) states that 80 percent of prison inmates are drug or alcohol abusers. Additionally, 60 percent of individuals arrested for most types of crimes test positive for illicit drugs when arrested. The New York man in today ‘s “Fraud of the Day” article had a criminal history largely due to an addiction to drugs.

The fraudster committed fraud that enabled him to receive unemployment, Medicaid and food stamp benefits he did not deserve. (He submitted applications containing false information and did not report that he was employed for a period of 14 months.) During that time, he received $12,000 in unemployment benefits, around $11,500 in Medicaid benefits and $1,000 in food stamps he was not entitled to.

The 31-year-old man pleaded guilty to four felonies including welfare fraud, grand larceny, filing a false instrument and misusing food stamps. He was sentenced to two to four years in prison for fraud and larceny plus up to four years for filing a false instrument and misusing food stamps. But, the judge ordered the fraudster to serve out his sentence as parole supervision at a drug treatment campus operated by the state ‘s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision instead of behind bars. He was also ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution. (What about the other $19,500?)

This fraudster was previously convicted of conspiracy and burglary, also linked to drugs. The NADCP also reports that up to 80 percent of drug abusers commit new crimes after release from prison and about 95 percent return to drug abuse after they complete their sentence. While it appears that imprisonment has little effect on preventing drug abuse, if offenders are consistently supervised by a judge, they have a better chance of a successful treatment. (Let ‘s hope this fraudster gets the help that he needs to abandon a future life of crime.)

Source: Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Sterling man sentenced for $12,000 welfare fraud,” published on on May 26, 2017.

AUBURN,  A Sterling man was sentenced Thursday for illegally receiving more than $12,000 in unemployment benefits.

Benjamin Batrack, 31, of 14230 Craine Road, pleaded guilty in August to four felonies: third-degree welfare fraud, third-degree grand larceny, first-degree filing a false instrument and misusing food stamps.

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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.