Easy Money = Hard Time

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If you could make six figures without working very hard, would you be interested in the job? (I’m sure you’d be intrigued at first, then suspicious, right?) According to an article posted on 13newsnow.com, a former Social Security Administration employee used her position to conduct a scam that siphoned off nearly $100,000 in benefits from SSA beneficiary accounts. (With a few clicks, she became quite wealthy in a very short period of time.)

According to court documents, the former SSA service representative had computer access to beneficiary information while employed at a district office in Norfolk, Virginia. She used her access privileges to redirect benefit payment funds onto prepaid reloadable debit card accounts, which were opened in the name of a deceased family member. (With just a click here and a click there, the fraudster was able to divert $97,000.)

Apparently, the 35-year-old fraudster clicked one too many times and was ultimately sentenced to 15 months in prison for wire fraud. She was also ordered to pay $97,584.94 in restitution and will serve three years of supervised release.

The common modus operandi for fraudsters is to seek out easy money, then collect as much as possible as quickly as possible. This case just goes to show that easy money usually leads to hard time.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Former Social Security Administration employee sentenced for fraud,” posted on 13newsnow.com on July 21, 2016.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) — A former employee of the Social Security Administration was sentenced for fraud, Thursday.

Sophia Dix, 35, of Newport News, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for wire fraud. Dix was also ordered to pay $97,584.94 in restitution and sentenced to an additional three years of supervised release.

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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.