Faking Sick Finds Trouble

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Faking an illness is wrong. Every kid who has ever claimed to be sick so he or she didn’t have to go to school knew it at the time. Kids grow up and most of us recognize as adults that this behavior is unacceptable. The fraudster in today’s Fraud of the Day from LawyersForSocialSecurity.com apparently never learned that lesson because he has been found guilty of collecting Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for claiming an illness that never existed.

According to the blog, the defendant admitted that he applied for Social Security benefits in March of 2006, claiming he suffered from memory loss that made it impossible for him to work. He secured documentation for his (fake) ”injury” by altering his speech, writing and appearance during a medical evaluation, earning himself a diagnosis of early on-set Alzheimer’s disease. (Seriously? Who is this guy?? He used the diagnoses to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and ultimately received more than $144,000 in benefits.

He faces up 10 years in federal prison.

Sometimes finding a fraudster boils down to old fashioned shoe leather. The charges and subsequent guilty plea are a direct result of cooperation between the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hermantown Police Department. Keep up the great work!

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Minnesota Man Found Guilty of Social Security Fraud,” published by LawyersForSocialSecurity.com on August 24, 2012.

In Hermantown, a suburb of Duluth, Minnesota, a 51-year-old man was charged with one count of theft of government funds. He was also charged with three counts of making false statements in determining his eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), reports the Duluth News Tribune.

As a result of a joint investigation by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Hermantown Police Department, this SSDI fraud case was solved.

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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.