Man ends financial fraud career with over 7 years sentence for scamming state unemployment system
A 69-year-old man from Melrose who received his first financial fraud conviction when he was just 19 was sentenced yesterday to seven years and three months in federal prison for a scheme in which he received some 350,000 $ in Massachusetts unemployment benefits, many in the names of people who were not entitled to unemployment because they were in jail.
U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin agreed with federal prosecutors that Alan Scott’s lifelong incorrigibility and his actions during the six-year venture – which began while Neal was still in probation for a previous bank fraud conviction and ended after getting several thousand dollars in pandemic unemployment benefits last year – deserved such harsh punishment, even for a man now suffering from various illnesses. His lawyer had asked for four years, citing these illnesses and Scott’s love for rescue dogs.
In its sentencing recommendation, the US Attorney’s Office in Boston recounted Scott’s life as a white-collar criminal, who was first officially known in 1972, when he was arrested and convicted of having passed a bad check:
The accused has a long criminal record, almost all of which consists of convictions for similar crimes of deception. … His full story of such fraudulent behavior is incredible.
He has at least 17 separate convictions, including 12 previous convictions for federal fraud. In addition, as explained in [a probation-department report], these earlier crimes involved a variety of elaborate ploys, orchestrated by the defendant, to defraud many different victims. He organized co-conspirators to steal identities in order to submit fraudulent auto loan applications. … He used a paralegal position to steal checks from clients of the law firm. … He has filed numerous false tax returns using false identities and committed numerous other bank scams. He violated his conditions of release on several occasions, including submitting falsified employment records during his last period of supervised release. He received numerous disciplinary reports during his incarceration, including charges such as using unauthorized emails to communicate with other inmates, sending money to another inmate and wrongly tagging of parcels as “legal mail” in order to ensure that the parcels are not searched by the prison. officials. It is simply undeniable that the accused is a very intelligent and experienced criminal mastermind.
The memorandum continues:
The pre-incarceration convictions clearly did not sufficiently deter the accused’s criminal activities. He carried out some of the criminal activity involved here while on probation after serving previous sentences. This is a case where specific deterrence in the form of incarceration is clearly required. Nothing, other than incarceration, seems to work to prevent this accused from committing significant fraud and victimizing others. It’s his way of life.