What’s Trending in Fraud

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Lately popular media has been concerned with ”what’s trending,” meaning what’s popular. While you personally may track what’s trending in sports, music or politics, individuals fighting fraud are paying attention to what’s trending in fraud. Today’s Fraud of the Day from WestportNews.com highlights a trend that may be catching on in the world of fraud – elderly participation.

The article reports that a local Hartford resident recently pleaded guilty to unemployment fraud, claiming $313,000 in unemployment benefits on behalf of herself and her 87-year old father. Prosecutors claim she received nine checks in the amount of $501 from the state Department of Labor (DOL) between December 2008 and March 2009. In addition, she contacted DOL in January 2009, reporting she had been fired from a fictitious company. The defendant will serve 90 days in federal prison, followed by one year supervised parole and a fine of $250. (Wait, where’s the $313K?)

The female fraudster followed in the footsteps of her father, who pleaded guilty to a 14-year mail fraud scam, also using aliases and fake companies to collect unemployment benefits for himself, amongst other members of his family. (What’s trending? Elderly fraudsters.? The father suffered a stroke and died before his sentencing. The family fraud was brought down by investigations by the Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General, and the U.S. Postal Service.

What’s trending is typically associated with a popularity contest. In the case of what’s trending in the world of fraud, we can bet that that the popularity of those convicted may take a plunge.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Daughter of Late RTM Member Jailed in Benefits Fraud Scheme,” written by Michael P. Mayko and published by WestportNews.com on September 20, 2012.

The daughter of a former Westport Representative Town Meeting member will spend 90 days in federal prison for her role in fraudulently securing nearly $313,000 in unemployments benefits on both her and her father’s behalf.

Chief U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson sentenced Julie Hymans, 41, of Bridgeport, to 90 days in federal prison followed by one year of supervision by the U.S. Probation Department and a $250 fine. The sentencing took place Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Hartford.

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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.