Tuesday, October 23, 2018
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Social Security and Income Fraud

Some Strings Attached

The Social Security Administration (SSA) presents a sobering statistic about becoming disabled. Apparently, more than one in four of today’s 20-year-olds is expected to become disabled before reaching the age of 67. Thankfully, the SSA can help in the event an individual becomes unable...

Fraudulently Impaired

Individuals certified as mentally impaired can qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Today’s “Fraud of the Day” takes a look at an Eastern Kentucky lawyer, who conspired with a psychologist and a judge to steal hundreds of millions of dollars in disability benefits from...

Coming Clean

Confessing involvement in a fraudulent scheme is really hard when an individual has been involved in the deception for many years. (Sometimes, as time goes by, perpetrators rationalize that they deserve the funds and the things they are stealing from their victim.)  It took...

Not a Peep

DORIS S. PITCHER, age 66, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge James J. Brady to theft of government funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641. As a result of her conviction, PITCHER faces a potential prison term of up to ten years as well as restitution.

Bad Acting

Good actors can make you believe they are actually experiencing what their character is going through. They also have the ability to surprise their audience. A couple from Montgomery, Alabama starred in a government-funded Social Security fraud scheme, but did not bring home an...

Flirting with Fraud

The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to disabled or blind adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI also provides monthly benefits for individuals 65-years-old and older who are not disabled, but meet the financial limits. A...

Confined by Fraud

The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to disabled adults and children with limited income and resources. But there are a few things that applicants must reveal when filling out the form to qualify for benefits. A Malden, Massachusetts woman left...

Entitled to Nothing

One word that describes fraudsters in general is “entitled.” For some reason they think they are deserving of things like cash, real estate, luxury vacations or government benefits just because. (And, they reason that it’s acceptable to take those things from others.) Today’s fraud...

Lady Luck

I hate to break it to you, but you have a much better chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery or the jackpot on a poker machine. (Despite this depressing news, hopeful people flock to the grocery store or local mini...

On and Off

Marital status can affect a person’s ability to receive Social Security disability benefits. Today’s fraud article tells about a Bastrop, Louisiana woman who initially qualified to receive disability benefits based on her marital status. (She was separated from her husband at the time of...
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