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Man caps career of financial fraud with sentence of more than 7 years for ripping off state unemployment system

A 69-year-old Melrose man 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 payments, many in the names of people actually not eligible for unemployment because they were in prison.

U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin agreed with federal prosecutors that Alan Neal Scott's lifelong incorrigibility and his actions during the six-year venture - which started while Neal was still on probation for an earlier bank-fraud conviction and ended after he obtained several thousand dollars in pandemic unemployment payments last year - merited such a harsh punishment even for a man now suffering from a variety of ailments. His attorney had asked for four years, citing those ailments and Scott's love of rescue dogs.

In its sentencing recommendation, the US Attorney's office in Boston recounted Scott's life of white-collar crime, which first came to official notice in 1972, when he was arrested and convicted for passing a bad check:

The defendant has a long criminal history, nearly all of which consists of convictions for similar crimes of deceit. ... His full history of such fraudulent behavior is incredible.

He has at least 17 separate convictions, including 12 prior federal fraud convictions. Moreover, as explained in [a probation-department report], these prior crimes involved a variety of elaborate schemes, masterminded by the defendant, to defraud many different victims. He organized co-conspirators to steal identities to submit fraudulent applications for car loans. ... He used a position as a paralegal to steal client checks from the law firm. ... He filed numerous false tax returns using false identities and committed numerous other bank fraud scams. He violated the terms of his release on numerous occasions, including submitting falsified records of employment during his last term of supervised release. He received numerous disciplinary reports while incarcerated, including for charges such as using unauthorized email to communicate with other inmates, sending money to another inmate, and falsely marking packages as "legal mail" in an effort to ensure that packages would not be searched by prison officials. There is simply no denying that the defendant is a very clever and experienced criminal mastermind.

The memorandum continues:

Previous sentences to incarceration have clearly failed to sufficiently deter the defendant’s criminal activity. He conducted part of the criminal activity at issue here while on supervised release from previous sentences. This is a case where specific deterrence in the form of incarceration is plainly required. Nothing except incarceration appears to work to keep this defendant from committing significant frauds and victimizing others. It is his way of life.

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It must suck defending people like this.
Yes your honor he is a complete scumbag but he loves doggies, is what I'd say.to the Judge..I wouldn't have many clients..

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certain people, must have really fucked this guy over but that's not society's problem

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There will be a job for him processing overtime paperwork for the State Police.

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require so much effort & ingenuity and must be so stressful to carry out (and, finally, be caught in) that you’d might as well just work a 9 to 5 and die outside of prison.

I always think about this. Like, ask Henry Hill: was it worth ten years of living the high life to spend the rest of it constantly looking over your shoulder? Having your children living under witness protection?

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He is brilliant and persistent. Fantastic qualities. If only those qualities were directed toward pro-social living. He may have derived great satisfaction from each successful fraud. And when a given fraud failed or was caught, oh well. That's just part of playing the game.

Is the guy a sociopath? In other words incapable of respecting boundaries, laws, etc. of society? A man cursed with the disposition of not being capable of having morals. Or is the genesis his criminality from his first two decades compounded for the rest of his life. And even with the failed frauds and previous imprisonment he just could not see the pain of imprisonment, etc. as being worse than satisfaction of repeatedly committing financial crimes.

There is a famous fellow whose reputation is extremely similar. The big difference is that he has nearly always managed to escape prosecution for his crimes, and worse, wound up being one of the most powerful men in the world for 4 years. And yet there are many who still believe that the latter fraudster is somehow a kind of Christian Second Coming.

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And yet there are many who still believe that the latter fraudster is somehow a kind of Christian Second Coming.

Indeed; it is the subject of some of the tackiest "art" ever produced in all of human history. What an embarrassment, should our civilization somehow manage to survive.

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