Notable BSI Activity in the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018

In this quarter BSI secured a guilty plea from a Malden woman and hired and promoted new staff.

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Malden Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft of Government Benefits

On September 25, 2017, a Malden woman pleaded guilty in US District Court in Boston to collecting over $176,000 in government benefits by providing false information about her family.

BSI’s investigation found that the subject owned and lived in a Malden home with her children and their father since at least 2003, during which time she collected needs-based Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and MassHealth benefits.  These public assistance programs use household composition and/or income to determine eligibility.  The subject’s failure to disclose that the father of her children lived in the home and her failure to report his income resulted in fraudulent payments in the amounts of $87,053 in SSI, $47,745 in SNAP, and $41,435 in MassHealth benefits that she would not have been otherwise eligible for had she truthfully disclosed her household composition and income.

BSI Hires Six and Promotes Two

During the 1st quarter of fiscal year 2018, BSI hired six new staff members in various roles including fraud examiners and legal counsel.  These hires demonstrate BSI’s ability to attract bright talent with a commitment to public service. All recent new staff are replacing staff who have either left BSI for new positions outside the agency, or have been recently promoted within BSI.

BSI also promoted two fraud examiners: one fraud examiner from CPU was promoted to the Data Analytics Unit (DAU) and a fraud examiner from DAU was promoted to the position of senior fraud examiner.  BSI’s commitment to promoting from within allows it to retain talent by offering a clear path toward career advancement and development.

Date published: April 18, 2018