State fraud enforcement official is arrested for ... fraud

A state fraud enforcement official has been arrested on federal fraud charges.

Lynwood Patrick Jr., 39, of East Hartford, has been charged in connection with his submission of an allegedly fraudulent application for a personal mortgage modification.

Patrick was arrested for wire fraud, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. He was arrested May 6 at his residence and later released on $150,000 bond.

According to the criminal complaint, Patrick is employed as the director of investigations for the state Department of Social Services’ Office of Quality Assurance.

The federal complaint alleges that, from about November 2012 through May 2013, Patrick applied for a mortgage modification under the Making Home Affordable program, a federal initiative designed to assist homeowners who have experienced a decline in income access secure loans at lower rates.

Fabricated state pay stubs

When applying for mortgage relief through JP Morgan Chase, Patrick fabricated state of Connecticut pay stubs and lied about his assets in order qualify for the program, according to federal prosecutors.

Specifically, Patrick claimed total assets of $500 in one checking account to show that he had experienced a loss of income causing a hardship when, in fact, he had thousands of dollars spread out over multiple accounts at several institutions and his rate of pay had not diminished, prosecutors said.

His job is to investigate fraud

In his capacity as the director of investigations, Patrick is responsible for coordinating and conducting activities to prevent, detect and investigate fraud, waste, abuse and overpayments in the Connecticut Medicaid, Care4Kids, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance and Connecticut Energy Assistance Programs.

Patrick’s salary is partially paid for by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

CT Public Corruption Task Force

The case is being investigated by the Connecticut Public Corruption Task Force, which includes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Inspector General, FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and IRS’ Criminal Investigation Division.

The case is being prosecuted by Asst.. U.S. Attorney Christopher M. Mattei of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Connecticut.

Citizens are encouraged to report to corruption to the Connecticut Public Corruption Task Force by calling 800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324).