Most people are honest. Apart from being the right thing to do, it’s frankly simpler that way. Lying often becomes a tangled web you can’t unweave. But, it seems some people are just out to keep weaving and tangling webs on purpose. Here’s the problem: when people start to build lie on top of lie, they start to get a recipe for disaster – fraudulent disaster. That’s what happened in today’s “Fraud of the Day” from The Baltimore Sun about a woman who committed $2.6 million in identity fraud.
The article reported that the 59-year old woman from Annapolis, Maryland started her four-year scheme in 2005. She created a business that billed health insurers for medical procedures and services that were never performed. (Isn’t that enough fraudster activity by itself??) Evidently, that wasn’t enough of a windfall. She also provided false information to the Social Security Administration in order to receive disability benefits. The fraudster then used false information to take out lines of credit for her already less-than-legal business. (Oh, so many lies and fraud!) Lastly, she used stolen identities to take out loans for three properties – and even lied about her ability to repay the loans. (Of course, why tell the truth now?)
The Annapolis woman was sentenced to five years in prison after her sentencing on June 18, 2012. She was also ordered to pay restitution at the sentencing. (She should have to pay interest and fines too!)