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Social Security and Income Fraud

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...

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...

Logging onto Fraud Online

What is the first thing you log onto when you sit down in front of your computer? Are you an avid user of social media sites? Or, perhaps you have to start by checking your email? Fraudsters are fleeing to the Internet to take...

Semi-Retired, Fully Criminal

Many retirees are making their way back into the office because they want to work, boost their retirement incomes, or balance the fulfillment of holding a part-time job with the flexibility of semi-retired status. However, when people retire because of a disability, they are...

Taking Candy from Babies

Have you ever heard of the saying: ''It's like taking candy from a baby''? The expression explains the ease in taking something from a defenseless entity. What if we changed the expression to say: ''It's like stealing a Social Security number (SSN) from a...

Railroad Workers Railroad Taxpayers

Feelings of entitlement are one of the unhappy byproducts of entitlement programs, and such feeling may also be what fueled the alleged misconduct described in today's report, based on a story in The Journal News by Cara Matthews. According to the state's comptroller, construction...

Fraud Across the Border

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides benefits to disabled adults and children with limited income and resources through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. (The program is funded by general tax revenues paid, or in other words, by you and I.) An Orono, Maine...

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures – or Costumes

Here's the thing about government benefits programs – you have to be eligible to receive them. For example, if an application asks you to list the number of people living at an address that are providing you with income (and most of them do),...

Sweeping Up Fraud

A federal investigation named ''Operation Walking Dead'' has uncovered 18 Floridians who are charged with stealing more than $1 million in benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). A report published by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) states that the suspected perpetrators...

The Past – and the Law – Catches Up to Alleged Pension Scammer

Most of us go to work every day, work hard, and stay focused on doing a good job in our chosen profession. The hope is that someday – after years of service – we will have enough money put aside so that we can...
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