Triple-Dipping

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When you think of triple-dipping, perhaps ice cream cones with your favorite flavors come to mind. A Chicago Tribune story tells about how a man triple-dipped by stealing unemployment benefits from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RI-DLT) while working two other jobs at the same time. (His triple-dipping efforts had nothing to do with ice cream at all.)

The story states that the Rhode Island man was working for two companies while simultaneously filing unemployment claims. He failed to accurately report his weekly earnings to the RI-DLT when dialing in on the agency’s voice response system. As a result, he was able to collect more than $10,000 in unemployment benefits over two years. (That’s like adding whipped cream and a cherry on top to a banana split.)

The 41-year-old pleaded no contest to one count of obtaining money under false pretenses. He was sentenced to 63 months of probation and ordered to pay at least $150 per month in restitution for receiving $10,622 of unemployment benefits he was not entitled to receive.

This fraudster may have rationalized that he somehow deserved the unemployment benefits that he was receiving. (Perhaps he had been off from work for a bit and wanted to make up for what he had lost in earnings while unemployed.) Whatever the justification may have been, his criminal acts defrauded the state benefits program and the businesses that fund it. (Let’s hope that he now understands that triple-dipping should be limited to ice cream.?

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Man gets probation for unemployment insurance fraud,” published by the Chicago Tribune on July 23, 2016.

A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to probation for falsely collecting more than $10,000 in unemployment insurance benefits while he was working.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says 41-year-old Providence resident Huber Urizar pleaded no contest Friday to one count of obtaining money under false pretenses.

Urizar was sentenced to 63 months of probation and ordered to pay restitution of no less than $150 per month.

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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.