Three Times a Charm

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A woman in Medford, Mass., admitted to lying so she could receive $108,288 in Social Security, Medicare and MassHealth benefits and food stamps over a 10-year period. (SO ambitious!). She was subsequently charged for her Food Stamp, Social Security and Medicare fraud scheme (Three times a charm, right?)

As a result, Stephanie DiPirerro, 39, was sentenced in federal court in Boston earlier this year to one year and a day in prison and three years of supervised release. She was also ordered to repay the fraudulent benefits. (Let’s hope she saved some $.)

DiPirerro pleaded guilty to three counts of theft of public funds, two counts of making false statements and one count of falsely representing a Social Security number. She admitted to stealing $73,288 in Social Security benefits, $8,455 in Medicare benefits, $8,615 in MassHealth benefits and $17,929 in food stamps between 2007 and 2017. During that time, she told the state Department of Transitional Assistance that she did not have any other income, even though she was working as a personal care attendant.

DiPirerro also falsely represented her Social Security number on a timesheet connected to her employment, investigators said. (Because four government agencies weren’t enough). The case was investigated by officials with the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the state auditor.

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article, “Woman sentenced to 1 year in jail and ordered to pay restitution for stealing food stamps, Social Security, other benefits,” posted on masslive.com on February 26, 2019.

A Medford woman who admitted to lying so she could receive $108,288 in Social Security benefits, Medicare benefits, MassHealth benefits and food stamps over a 10-year period was sentenced to jail on Monday.

Stephanie DiPirerro, 39, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and three years of supervised release in federal court in Boston. She was also ordered to pay back all the money she received in benefits by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young, said Christina DiLorio-Sterling, spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling.

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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.