The idea of karma is a beautiful thing: violence begets violence, what goes around comes around. It’s comforting to know that maybe, just maybe, what you do earlier in life will contribute to your happiness (or unhappiness) later in life. Luckily for taxpayers, karma is giving one Connecticut man quite the wake-up call. According to the Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, the man received $111,067 in Social Security disability payments while he continued to work and earn income with a different Social Security number he fraudulently received. He also received $53,035 in disability payments for his wife and four kids.
Including the $33,556.90 in duplicate Social Security retirement benefits, this guy pleaded pleading guilty to stealing almost $200,000 in benefits. (And he’s pleading that it all falls under one count of theft. Veeeery clever my friend.)
The man has a scheduled sentencing for October 3, during which he will face a maximum imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000. He will also be ordered to make full restitution. Currently, he’s repaid $33,692.47 of the $197,658.90 he owes. (Only $163,966.43 to go!) Best of luck collecting the rest.
So, how could this fraud have been prevented? By leveraging identity-based filters. He used multiple Social Security numbers for work, for benefits – and even collecting for his wife and kids. That’s a lot of identities, and a lot of potential red flags for fraud.