A Liar Uncovered

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If you’re going to lie about something, it’s in your best interest to (a) make a ”good” lie, (b) put that lie into action in a discrete manner and (c) make sure you aren’t so blatantly obvious to outside parties that you are trying to ”put one over on them.’? Many fraudsters think they have this lying process down; however, according to a Leavenworth Times article, lying isn’t as easy as it seems.

Some people are naturally bad liars; for example, they get nervous when telling a lie. (Have you ever seen ”stutter-liars” or those who trail off, and can’t look you in the eye when telling a lie?)For one Leavenworth resident, the lie itself came easy, continuing for a series of years before letting the cat out of the bag. So what caused the lie to come to a grinding halt? (Perhaps, it was the fact that it was so blatant. I’m surprised it didn’t come out years before!) The evidence shows that it was only a matter of time until the fraudster was caught lying at one of her government jobs.

Court documents explain that in 2003, the fraudster applied for and received disability benefits, which continued for six years, while working in state and federal government jobs. (Did she honestly think the government would never catch this?)Between 2005 and 2007, officials documented her job at the Veterans Administration (VA) as a contract representative for VA beneficiaries. In addition, court documents noted that she held a job at the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services as a human services specialist from 2007-2009. The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that beneficiaries report current employment while receiving disability benefits. (It looks like she neglected to be truthful about this requirement for six years.) As if lying for six years to the government for disability benefits isn’t bad enough, the fraudster came clean in court and admitted to putting false information in the records of at least four people who were not eligible for food stamps, converting $11,234 to herself, while employed by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The judge ordered her to serve one year and a day in federal prison, as well as pay $76,875 in restitution. (That’s it?! After six years of working for the government, while stealing their aid?)

Whether a lie is told for six years or six minutes, the damage of that lie can spread to affect a mass of individuals. In this case, lying to the government to obtain benefits that are not deserved takes away from those who actually need them. We will see if serving jail time is as easy as lying, for our fraudster.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Leavenworth Woman Sentenced in Disability Fraud Case,” published by the Leavenworth Times on March 1, 2013.

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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.