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Car accidents happen all the time. Some people walk away without a scratch and count their lucky stars. Other unfortunate folks deserve compensation to treat injuries received from a crash. The website, ReduceYourWorkersComp.com, shares a story about a San Antonio woman, who was involved in an auto collision resulting in minor injuries but then filed multiple fraudulent workers’ compensation claims, totaling nearly $30,000. (Chances are the multiple claims raised a few red flags.)

The article states that the woman falsely represented the pain sustained and the medical treatments received for her injuries as a result of the collision. Investigators assigned to the case interviewed the doctors, who had provided medical treatment, and verified that the problems she was experiencing were caused by pre-existing conditions and not the collision.

The fraudster was convicted of a third-degree felony charge of Insurance Fraud ($20,000 – $100,000). She was sentenced to serve four years in prison for the crime.

The fraudster definitely failed at fooling investigators in this case. However, she did a good job of fooling herself into thinking that defrauding the government was really worth a momentary gain of $29,925.85. Could that amount of money be worth risking personal freedom for prison time? (At least while serving time in prison, she will be off the streets and unlikely to be involved in any other auto accidents or fraudulent claims.)

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Texas Woman Convicted in Workers Comp Fraud Scam,” written by Kori Shafer-Stack and published on reduceyourworkerscomp.com on December 6, 2013.

SAN ANTONIO – For one Texas woman, trying to fool officials turned out to be her undoing as part of a workers compensation fraud scam.

According to authorities, the Bexar County 379th District Court recently convicted Lakeisha Stevens of San Antonio of a third-degree felony charge of Insurance Fraud ($20,000 – $100,000) and sentenced Stevens to serve four years in prison.

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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.