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People are just so forgetful these days. It seems that no one can ever remember the number of people living in their homes. It’s easy to forget, especially when there are so many. According to Montgomery Media, three Pennsylvania women have been accused of receiving public housing assistance benefits for which they were not eligible.

All three of the allegedly women collected benefits by failing to report the people with whom they lived on their tax reports, as well as failing to disclose these individuals’ monetary contributions to the household. The three women are accused of separately collecting $37,813, $53,907, and $31,965. (Their individual amounts total $120K!) Authorities say they defrauded the government by failing to disclose the number of people in their households and their income.

Many individuals are realizing just how they can find ways around taxes and avenues into fraudulent benefits. If agencies want people to stop defrauding the government, they need to make it harder to do. Here’s how: require thorough reports on dependents and follow-ups on suspicious tax returns. These two practices alone could keep fraudsters from ripping off taxpayers.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on the article titled, ”Three Montco Women Charged with Public Assistance Fraud,” written by Carl Hessler Jr. and published by Montgomery Media on July 19, 2012.

The investigations were conducted by county detectives, HUD and the U.S. Office of Inspector General.

Warren, according to court documents, began receiving housing benefits through HUD in October 2000, certifying that her household consisted of she and four dependents and that she earned no income from outside employment. However, authorities subsequently determined Warren added an additional adult’s name to her lease for an apartment in the Rolling Hills development in Lower Pottsgrove, but never reported the modification to housing assistance agencies, according to an arrest affidavit.

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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.