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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...

Easy Money = Hard Time

If you could make six figures without working very hard, would you be interested in the job? (I'm sure you'd be intrigued at first, then suspicious, right?) According to an article posted on 13newsnow.com, a former Social Security Administration employee used her position to...

Name Game

'If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.'' While it is a great sentiment to take to heart, somebody should have told today's fraudster that it doesn't apply to stealing from the government. The U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia, released an...

Golden Goose and Rotten Egg

Some parents don't have a problem becoming empty nesters, as long as they can use their disabled kid's benefits to keep fluffing up the nest. (Yes, it's an ugly one today, ducklings.) The U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts issued a press release about...

A Different Kind of Financial Cushion

Does making the effort to save money really count if that money is stolen? (Objectively speaking, no.) Last January, the New Jersey Attorney General's office published a press release that detailed how a young man is in trouble with the law after he ''inherited''...

Death May Not Do Us Part

The point of public pensions is that government employees be able to maintain a standard of living that they've earned through years of hard work and dedication to the state, throughout their retirement. It is in no way meant to act as an estate...

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...

Biting Off Too Much Credit

Listen to this Story Credit scores plummet when people fail to pay off their debts, making them very unattractive to potential lenders. (When credit scores go down, interest rates go up and obtaining a loan gets much harder.) Identity...

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...

Real Disability, Fraudulent Benefits

Listen to this Story The designers of Social Security in the U.S. realized that individuals with disabilities may have a unique set of challenges in order to live independently that requires supplemental financial support. That is why disabled individuals...
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