Terminal Fraudster

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Being diagnosed with a terminal illness is a very sobering event, and not one to be taken lightly. The woman at the center of today’s ”Fraud of the Day” faked a terminal illness and used it to delay reporting to prison for a federal conviction involving identity theft and unemployment fraud.

The woman had already pleaded guilty to multiple offenses that had occurred while she was employed at an insurance company. She was sentenced to 51 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $400,000 in restitution to the insurance company and three previous employers who she had defrauded through her scheme.

After her sentencing, the woman made five separate motions through her attorney to delay her prison report date based on claims that she had a heart condition and had received a terminal cancer diagnosis. (She created, forged the signatures of her physicians, and submitted the letters that detailed her conditions.) Her prison report dates were continued based on the fraudulent information.

About three months after submitting the fake physician documentation, she changed her name, received a new Social Security number and a Connecticut driver’s license under the new identity. Approximately a year after that, she applied for a U.S. Passport and marked ”No” in the box that asked whether she had ever been issued a U.S. Passport. (The woman lied. She had received a U.S. Passport under her former name.)

During the time when she was sentenced for her first crime and when she applied for the U.S. Passport under her new identity, she was also employed at a local insurance company and a hospital under her new identity. For a six-month period during that window, she received $9,808 in unemployment compensation from the State of Connecticut under her pervious identity.

The 36-year-old fraudster pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, one count of making a false statement on a passport application and one count of aggravated identity theft. She is facing a maximum of 32 years in prison.

Let’s hope that the judge does not take this fraudster’s crimes lightly and provides an appropriate punishment. This woman’s criminal actions have come to an end and I’m pretty sure that she will finally experience a very sobering event when sentenced.

 

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on a Department of Justice press release entitled, ”East Windsor Woman Pleads Guilty to Committing Multiple Crimes after Sentencing for Prior Offense,” released on December 12, 2016.

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ALIYAH THERESA JULIATE DAVIS, also known as Theresa Juliate Sutherland, 36, of East Windsor, waived her right to indictment and pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to multiple offenses that she committed while awaiting incarceration after a prior federal conviction.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 17, 2014, DAVIS, who was then known as Theresa Sutherland, was sentenced in Hartford federal court to 51 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for engaging in a fraud and identity theft scheme at an insurance company where she was employed. As part of her sentence, DAVIS was ordered to pay total restitution of $400,000 to the victim insurance company and three previous employers that she defrauded.

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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.