Florida has long been known as a haven for scammers intent on stealing benefits of every kind — from food stamps to Medicaid. But state officials are striking back with a new program that relies on demographic data to weed out criminals, reports the Palm Beach Post. The program focuses on so-called out-of-wallet information. With the help of LexisNexis, Florida hopes to save about $60 million a year in fraudulent benefits.
Florida's program, the Customer Authentication Project, is the first of its kind. It will be in use statewide by mid-August for such programs as food stamps, Medicaid and cash assistance. Florida leads the nation in identify-theft complaints, 72 percent of which involve stolen government documents and benefits. LexisNexis will use complex algorithms and “billions and billions of records across multiple decades” to perform what it calls identity analytics, said a director with LexisNexis Risk Solutions.