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Sentencing Dead on Arrival

Listen to this Story Social Security exists to help ensure that at-risk populations experience respectable standards of living. The program helps millions of elderly and disabled people throughout the United States. But what happens to their benefits when they...

Capitalizing on the Demise of Others

Listen to this Story Fraudsters are really good at capitalizing on the demise of their victims. (They usually don't scrutinize when choosing their targets and will often use their own family members to make an illegal profit.) An article posted...

Blissful Ignorance

It is important for a government program beneficiary to be well-informed about the rules regarding the financial assistance they qualify for and receive – especially if they want to continue to receive it. (Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to getting free money...

Supplementing Fraud

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are intended to help eligible disadvantaged people who have little or no income meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. An article published by The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier details how an Iowa woman lied about her living...

Deconstructing Fraud

Fraudsters are lazy. They'll scheme and con their way to riches by taking the easiest path available no matter how many people they run over in the process. A Department of Justice press release tells about a fairly young man who travelled along a...

Let’s Be Clear

The Social Security Administration's Office of the Inspector General is pretty clear about the types of potential fraud situations they investigate. For example, an investigation will ensue if there are suspicions that someone is receiving Social Security benefits for the following types of circumstances:a...

Blank Check

Having a blank check is almost like winning the lottery. Having access to the whole checkbook of blank checks is even better. An article published by The Portland Press Herald details how a woman used her deceased mother's checkbook to write herself a few...

Harvesting Fraudsters

A lot of work goes into harvesting crops – a farmer has to prepare the soil for planting, the crops have to be watered and protected from pests, and then the produce has to be picked in a timely fashion so that the farmer...

You Can’t Take It with You

The Social Security Administration has specific policies regarding the notification of a beneficiary's death. Normally, a family member, Electronic Death Registration report, death certificate, confirmation by statement from a funeral director or other third party report is sufficient to declare the beneficiary deceased. (The...

Digging a Deeper Hole

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program helps pay for expenses like food, shelter and utilities when times are tough. It is supposed to lend assistance to those who qualify for and deserve financial support during difficult times. An article published in the...
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