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Some people will do just about anything to be a movie star. Moving across the country to Hollywood, selling possessions to fund the trip, and working multiple jobs to foot the bill for the dream of leaving a legacy on the big screen. A woman from Maine didn’t start out with the dream of becoming a movie star as far as we know, but due to her involvement in a crime, she found herself the star of a video that discusses the ramifications of committing unemployment fraud.

The woman’s fraudulent scheme began with her posing as another person so she could illegally collect unemployment benefits. (Over six weeks, she received $560 in unemployment benefits.) It didn’t take long before she was caught. She pleaded guilty to two counts of identity fraud.

She was sentenced to a year in jail. All but 10 days were suspended for three years based on good behavior, participation in counseling, treatment and educational programs, and the use of her likeness in the state’s Department of Employment Security Benefits Rights Interview video which discusses what happens when someone commits unemployment fraud. (Nice. I love it! She will become the perfect example of what not to do when it comes to committing unemployment fraud.)

For the second count, she was sentenced to one to two years in the New Hampshire State Prison, but lucky for her, the sentence was suspended for three years, as long as she behaves. She was also ordered to pay full restitution plus a 20 percent penalty (or $672) to the Department of Employment Security. She is also disqualified from receiving unemployment compensation for a year. (Who knows, maybe her training video performance will be memorable, launching a future career she had not foreseen. At least it would allow her to earn an honest living.)

Source: Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Maine woman pleads guilty to two counts of identity fraud” published by the New Hampshire Union Leader on February 3, 2017.

CONCORD‚A Portland, Maine, woman was sentenced to 10 days in jail and ordered to pay $672 to the Department of Employment Security for posing as another person to illegally obtain unemployment benefits.

Jessica McDevitt of Portland, Maine, pleaded guilty Friday in Merrimack County Superior Court to two counts of identity fraud, both Class A felonies.

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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.