Keeping Fraudsters Accountable

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Our justice system is committed to catching criminals and punishing them appropriately. It’s also big on teaching offenders how to be accountable for their behavior so they don’t cycle through the penal system again. An article published by the Lafayette Journal & Courier tells about a woman who stole more than $20,000 in welfare benefits by lying about her living situation. (She was fortunate to receive a sentence that didn’t require serving time behind bars, despite her illegal acts.)

The story states that the mother of two children and grandmother of one neglected to report her husband’s employment on her welfare benefits application form. Court records show that the woman lied about the fact her husband was employed and earning money while living at the same address and receiving government benefits. (This obviously voids her eligibility to receive welfare benefits.) As a result of her illegal actions, the fraudster received $20,974 over a four-year period.

After pleading guilty, the judge ordered the 45-year-old to attend one year of day reporting to be followed by four years of probation. (Many jurisdictions have programs designed to help offenders who are considered to be low risk, but in need of assistance to help them navigate life while also serving out their sentence. This type of program usually provides support groups that assist in teaching offenders how to be accountable for their actions and behavior.)

The fraudster in this case was fortunate that the justice system was lenient. One thing that she can be sure of is that the government will definitely keep her accountable for her actions in the future and won’t be as kind if it happens again.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on the article, ”Woman sentenced for welfare,” published by The Lafayette Journal & Courier on March 18, 2016.

Cherish Saylor received $20,974 worth of food stamps that she wasn’t supposed to get. She’ll serve a five-year sentence for that. Saylor, 45, of Lafayette, pleaded guilty in Tippecanoe Superior 2 in December. Judge Steve Meyer sentenced Saylor on Friday to one year of day reporting and four years of probation. He also ordered her to pay $63 a week until the $20,974 is paid back.

Saylor told food stamp administrators that her household consisted of her, two children and a grandchild. She did not inform them that her husband, who is employed, lives there, too. She perpetrated the welfare fraud between September 2010 and November 2014, according to court records.

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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.