Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave

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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!)

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Annapolis woman sentenced to five years in prison for $2.6 million fraud” written by the Associated Press and published by The Baltimore Sun on June 19, 2012.

An Annapolis woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for using several identities to defraud banks, lenders, insurers and the Social Security Administration of $2.6 million.

The Capital of Annapolis reports that 59-year-old Winnie Joanne Barefoot was also ordered to pay restitution at sentencing on Monday.

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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.