Playing the System

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Fraudsters think that they are good at playing the system. No matter the type of system, they try to work the situation so that they end up with an advantage. Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is about a Detroit woman, who kept trying to receive government benefit program dollars that she didn’t rightfully deserve.

The woman collected disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income under one identity while simultaneously employed under another identity. (It’s really no surprise that she used a fraudulently obtained Social Security number to carry out her ruse.) As you might guess, she lied about being employed to the government and her double-dipping efforts enabled her to scoop up $102,148.72 in benefits she was not qualified to receive.

This two-faced criminal kept up the ruse for 15 years until she was finally stopped. After receiving a sentence of one year and a day, it looks like she is headed off to prison. In addition to the time behind bars, the 56-year-old will also pay restitution.

While fraudsters count on becoming prosperous at the expense of others, this case demonstrates that cheaters never win at playing the system. This criminal may have thought she could continue to break the rules that protect those who truly deserve the benefits, but in the end, it was the system that actually won.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Detroit woman sentenced on charges of disability fraud,” posted on WXYZ.com on October 21, 2016.

DETROIT (WXYZ) – A Detroit woman is going to prison for stealing more than $100,000 from the Social Security Administration and its programs.

A federal judge sentenced Vernita Alexander to 12 months and one day behind bars.

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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.