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I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Being unemployed as a result of incarceration does not entitle you to collect welfare. (But some people just won’t listen!) According to a press release published by the Nevada Attorney General’s office, a Las Vegas woman who helped an imprisoned man defraud the state’s unemployment benefits agency is now a felon, herself.

The woman defrauded the state of Nevada when she made false statements in claims made for unemployment insurance. Basically, she lied to the state to make it seem as though the man couldn’t find a job and was available and able to work. He actually was stuck behind bars on forgery charges. (Being stuck in jail does tend to interfere with the job search.)

This woman was quickly caught, hit with multiple related charges and, ultimately, sentenced to serve 12-60 months in prison for unemployment fraud that resulted in her filing $4,700 worth of bogus claims. (Now they are both behind bars and officially ”unemployed.”.)

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on, ”Attorney General LAXALT Announces Sentencing Of Las Vegas Woman For Unemployment Insurance Fraud,” a press release published by the Nevada Attorney General’s office on April 19, 2016.

In June 2013, the state filed a criminal complaint charging Boggio with multiple crimes relating to the unlawful filing of $4,700 in unemployment insurance claims. The charging documents state that Boggio filed claims for unemployment insurance benefits on behalf of Penardo. The documents also state that in doing so, Boggio falsely informed the state’s Employment Security Division that Penardo was able to work, failing to disclose the fact that Penardo was incarcerated on forgery charges at the time.

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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.