What Is In a Name?

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‘What is in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet,” as quoted from the famous Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet. The play romanticized the idea of Romeo rejecting his family name for Juliet – revealing the central struggle of war between two families. But when it comes to Social Security disability fraud, there may be a tad more to a name than pride and power. According to a report from the Office of Investigations at the Social Security Administration, one California native is accused of using a false name to claim Social Security Disability Insurance.

The alleged fraudster was arrested by federal agents after receiving an indictment from a grand jury and was charged with theft of public money. According to his indictment, the defendant posed under a fake name and unlawfully received Social Security Disability Insurance from April 2002 until September 2010, in the amount of $107,516. (Are they saying he may have LIED? Self reported beneficiary data needs to be verified; otherwise, the system is vulnerable to fraud. Not to mention, this should be done before benefits are paid.?

If convicted, the defendant could face up to 10 years in prison. He is, of course, innocent until proven guilty.

Regardless of the outcome in this case, it illustrates a key point? fraud can be as simple as using a fake name on self-reported data. Like so many examples of possible fraud we’ve seen, the solution lies in detecting false identities.

So, here’s the question for the day? is your agency using an identity-based filter to detect fraud?

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled ”California Man Charged with Theft of Social Security Benefits” published by The Office of Investigations, Social Security Administration on April 27, 2012.

United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Antonio Rodriguez Guido, aka Catarino Gerardo Saldana Molina, 65, of Madera, was arrested today by federal agents after a grand jury returned an indictment on April 26, 2012 charging him with theft of public money. Guido is scheduled for arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary S. Austin at 1:30 p.m. today.

According to the indictment, Guido applied for and received Social Security Disability Insurance benefits by claiming to be Catarino Gerardo Saldana Molina. Guido received SSDI benefits under the name of Molina between April 2002 and September 2010. As a result he unlawfully received $107,516 from the United States.

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