In a recent story out of Seattle, a U.S. District Court, sentenced three family members to prison for a disability fraud scheme that lasted more than 30 years. The Social Security Administration and the State Department of Social and Health Services were defraud by the George family of more than $300,000. Johnny George fraudulent obtained a second Social Security number in 1979 in order to apply for disability benefits claiming that he was unable to feed himself, read, write or work. At the same time, Johnny was operating a used car lot. Lisa George, Johnny’s wife, obtained numerous false identities to collect benefits for her husband and son. Paul George, the son, also applied for disability benefits while working at the car lot. Christina George, the couple’s daughter, collected benefits as a caregiver for an individual that was falsely claiming to be disabled. She also used a second identity to be the representative payee for another “disabled” individual. All together the family raked in over $300,000 in undeserved benefits. Linda George was sentenced to 37 months in prison, Johnny George was sentenced to 27 months in prison, Christina George was sentenced to six months of home confinement, and Paul George will be sentenced later this month. The family owes a total of $380,400 in restitution.
Fraud expert Linda Webb, AKA The Fraud Dog, says that fraudsters are teaching other family members how to commit fraud. Fraud teachings are reaching as far as the 3rd generation of the family unit. Younger people are learning from their parents and grandparents how to make money through fraudulent means. It is time to teach children about fraud awareness, says Buster, The Fraud Dog’s side-kick. Bad role models are teaching our children how to commit fraud, which is unthinkable. There needs to be better role models, says crime-fighting dog Buster. More education in schools, public awareness campaigns, and the work that Buster is doing to help educate the public on fraud scams. This will help, but we need all of America’s help. The best way to stop the fraudster in their tracks is to tell everyone how the scams work and then get everyone to report fraud if they see a scam.
To report potentially fraudulent activity, contact Linda Webb aka The Fraud Dog, leading fraud expert at 1-855-FRAUD-DOG.