Stealing can be tough and dirty work, and dag nab it, people within the realm of that profession expect their fair due. So, what does one do, when they have partnered with another, endeavored to deceive and then have the partner fail to pay them their due?
Why, the answer seems obvious. You file a complaint with the police.
That's what 43 year old Brian Borry, of Plainville, CT did. When the woman with whom he had concocted a Medicaid fraud scheme did not pay him what he thought he should get from their ill gotten gains, he went to the police to complain. According to a press release from the State Division of Criminal Justice, he and the disabled woman for whom he worked as a personal care assistant sent 27 fraudulent billings to the state, saying he worked far more hours than he really had. The Personal Care Assistance program provides money so that disabled adults can hire assistants to care for them at their homes. It is funded by Medicaid. They submitted bills for $15,065, when his actual billable time would have been $6,600. The woman received payment from the state, and then paid Borry, but he believed he had not been paid enough from the scam.
So he wanted to press charges.
Can you blame him? After all, stealing is hard work; sometimes harder than actually working. If a scammer can't trust his scamming partner in a general scam, then I ask you, what is this world coming too?
Frankly, I am surprised that the phrase “workers' compensation” didn't work its way into this story. When it comes to fraud we always seem to get the really bright ones, but then again, why should we have all the fun?
The good news is, there have been arrests, with “more expected”. Borry was arrested by inspectors from the Medicaid fraud control unit of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney. He faces charges including first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny and insurance fraud.
He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. It's a good thing stupidity itself is not illegal. He'd get twice that time.