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Taking Advantage of Granny

It's common to hear about fraudsters who take advantage of deceased family members to collect government benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of the Inspector General reports that in 2015, 529 deceased payee fraud cases were closed and 210 payee fraud cases led...

Boomerang

A boomerang – a curved flat piece of wood designed to return to the thrower – was once used as a weapon to hunt down dinner or to attack an approaching enemy. A man, who could be described as a human boomerang, had previously...

Stealing from Children

The job of ''representative payee'' for children who receive Social Security benefits comes with much responsibility. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is serious about making sure there is no abuse of the system. Representative payees are supposed to know what the beneficiary's needs are...

Fish Tale in Reverse

A fish tale is usually a story that embellishes something that happens, making it seem much more impressive than the experience really was. Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' is a fish tale in reverse. A Wisconsin man understated his situation to the government in...

Full Disclosure

When applying for welfare or any government benefits in general, it's extremely important to tell the truth when filling out the application forms. If any deliberate misstatements are made or there is a failure to reveal information that would determine a person's eligibility for...

Clouded Judgement

Sometimes emotions can get the best of us, especially when death is involved. Grief can be a factor in bad decision-making, but the defense attorney for a woman who collected the Social Security benefits of her deceased mother for 15 years after her death...

Deep Hole

There are a variety of ways Social Security fraud can be committed, but perhaps the most egregious falls under the term, deceased payee fraud. This type of fraud occurs when the death of a loved one is not reported so that the deceased person's...

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

Life is usually not fair and it rarely goes the way we expect. But, that doesn't mean it's o.k. to commit a crime to ease a financial burden. (That should never be an option, but desperate times often call for desperate measures.) A Kentucky...

Decades of Lying

One way that criminals defraud the Social Security Administration (SSA) is by failing to notify the agency about the death of a beneficiary, then they continue to receive and cash the checks of their deceased loved one. Today's ''Fraud of the Day'' spotlights two...

On Behalf Of

Because children lack the capacity to make complex decisions, they have to rely upon their parents to do things on their behalf. (For example, parents have to make decisions regarding their medical care, finances, nutrition, living arrangements and education to name a few.)</em? A...
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