Monday, May 21, 2018

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...

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...
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