Praying for Forgiveness

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Have you ever done something you’ve regretted and found yourself hoping for some forgiveness? Today’s Fraud of the Day from the BrynMawr-GladwynePatch reveals how one Pennsylvania resident might be seeking forgiveness if the fraud allegations made against him are true.

The article reports that a Pennsylvania native has been charged with ”Social Security fraud, theft of government funds and 56 counts of mail fraud—one for each disability check that arrived at his home ….’? The indictment indicates that the man claimed he was unable to work due to an injury on the job, but an investigation revealed a different story. Records show that the man in question allegedly collected nearly $91,000 in benefits for himself and his son over a four-year period, while holding down a job. (If the allegations are true, would it make it better if he ”did it for his family?”)

But if he claimed to be injured, where was he able to work? Court documents indicate that the man worked for a local church, neglecting to report income to the government. (If true, that can’t be good karma.) It is alleged that he collected $67,332 for himself and $23,592 for his dependent child. Regulations require that disability recipients report any income made, but authorities say he failed to mention the income.

As if lying wasn’t worry enough, the maximum charges he is facing seem a bit hefty. The court explained that he is facing a substantial term of imprisonment (Ok, I’m good with this), three years of supervised release (Good), a fine of up to $14.75 million (Wow, now I am a fan of punishment, but a fine of over $14 million for theft of not even $100k? Even I feel that’s a bit too harsh!), a $5,900 special assessment and restitution of $90,920.80.

Of course, it is important to remember that the defendant has only been charged with these offenses. He has a right to his day in court and is presumed innocent. Even so, the potential penalties in this case certainly send a message to fraudsters and society at large – steal from the government, and you’ll be begging for forgiveness.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Feds Allege $90k Fraud by Bryn Mawr Man,” written by Eric Campbell and published by the Bryn Mawr-GladwynePatch on November 14, 2012.

A 58-year-old Bryn Mawr man faces federal charges of falsifying his eligibility for disability benefits and collecting more than $90,000 in Social Security checks as a result, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia announced Tuesday.

Emmitt R.O. Jackson III is charged with Social Security fraud, theft of government funds and 56 counts of mail fraud—one for each disability check that arrived at his home for either himself or the dependent minor in his house between August 2009 and May 2012.

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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.