Right under Your Nose

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If something is said to be ”right under your nose,” it means that you are very close. An article reported on WOODTV.com reported that two fraudsters in Michigan committed welfare fraud while employed by the Michigan Department of Human Services. (I guess they were hoping that no one would notice they were doing something so obviously illegal right under the nose of their employer.)

The story states that these two employees each failed to report their spouse’s income information on their application for benefits. (The additional income would disqualify them from receiving government assistance.) One woman received food, emergency relief and child development and care benefits. The other woman received food, cash and medical assistance.

Both women pleaded guilty to welfare fraud – failure to inform. One employee was suspended from her job and is awaiting sentencing. The other woman was ordered to pay full restitution of more than $10,000 plus court costs and fees.

Since the women both worked for the Department of Human Services, they were probably pretty familiar with all the ways they could bilk the system. (But, did they really think their illegal actions would go unnoticed?) Kudos to the investigation team that stopped these two from getting away with an inside job. It looks like the agency was aware of them after all, and the legal system will now be able to keep them under their thumb.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”2 DHS Employees Plead Guilty to Welfare Fraud,” published by WOODTV.com on August 8, 2014.

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) – Two Michigan Department of Human Services employees have pleaded guilty to welfare fraud.

Latasha Craig, of Grand Rapids, and Kenita Lark, of Chesterfield Township, each pleaded guilty to a felony charge of welfare fraud – failure to inform, according a Michigan Department of Human Services news 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.