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Cloudy, With a Chance of Fraud

The Centenarian Project was launched by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 2013 to help combat fraud by examining benefit records of citizens who are 100 years old. Today 's "Fraud of the Day" highlights how this initiative helped to stop a Michigan woman...

Forging Mom’s Signature

Do you remember the kids in school that used to forge their parent's signature on a bad test or a report card? When they got caught, they were always in trouble – detention was typically an appropriate method of punishment. While many childish habits...

A Place Like Home

I find a bit of truth in the statement? ''There is no place like home.'? There is an inherent sense of comfort associated with your home; whether it's the familiar smell or just a comfy couch. For some, the idea of home is broken;...

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...

Wisdom Doesn’t Always Come with Age

If you are responsible for someone's financial affairs and they die, it's very important that you report their death to the Social Security Administration. If you don't, and their benefits continue to be deposited into a jointly held bank account, you could get into...

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...

Crossing the Line

Listen to this Story If there is a line between accidental and intentional, the subject of today's ''Fraud of the Day'' definitely crossed it. The SunSentinel reports that a Florida woman was recently sentenced to serve one year of...

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...

Double Whammy

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is funded by general tax revenues and is intended to be a federal income supplement that helps aged, blind and disabled citizens, who have little or no income, meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. However, one...
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