Two-Faced Fraud

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Anyone ever read comic books? Remember the villain with two different personas? His face was literally split in two: one side was good, and the other was bad. That image may come to mind as you think about today’s ”Fraud of the Day” from the Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, which reports that a Harnett County woman had been using two Social Security numbers – one to apply for disability benefits and the other for work.

The scam was as easy as this: she simply applied for two different Social Security cards and falsely claimed to have never been assigned one. No wonder committing Social Security fraud has become so fashionable: it’s so easy! This woman passed herself off as two different people from 1994-2009, and luckily for taxpayers, she was ultimately caught. (The villain’s plot always is foiled in comic books. Glad it rang true in real life.) She was recently sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay $149,321.20 in restitution. (Do I pay it back or not? Let’s flip a coin for it.)

The question is: how do we prevent this from happening again? This type of fraud is based on creating a second identity – and fixing an identity problem screams out for an identity solution that leverages public records databases. So, if you are looking for a way to catch fraudsters dealing in multiple identities, utilize an identity-based filter to detect indicators for fraud. Problem solved. No cape or tights required.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on the article ”Woman Sentenced to Prison for Using Two SSNs” that was published by the Office of the Inspector General, Social Security Administration on July 31, 2012.

A Harnett County woman has been sentenced to two years in prison after it was determined she had two Social Security numbers and cards and had used one number to apply for disability benefits while she continued to work using the other number. U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that Sarita Green, 48, of Lillington, was sentenced to 24 months in prison followed by three years supervised release.

Senior U.S. District Judge James C. Fox sentenced Ms. Green, who was also ordered to pay $149,321.20 in restitution.

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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.