Friday, July 3, 2020

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...

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...

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...

Dead Federal Retirees Paid $120 Million Yearly, Report Says

The Federal Eye Washington Post Blog article documents one dramatic case where a deceased annuitant's son continued to receive federal benefits until 2008 – 37 years after his father's death. O'Keefe blogs: ''Office of Personnel Management (OPM) learned of the improper payments...

Fraud is Ageless

It seems that fraud is not just perpetrated by the young, but senior citizens have been known to get in on the criminal action as well. The Buffalo News covers an elderly woman who tried to scam the government by applying for Social Security...

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...

Daddy’s Girl

There is a special place in a father's heart for a daughter – it is a special bond that only those two can understand. But, could such a bond translate into fraud? According to a Seattle Times article, the passing of a father led...

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...

Over A Decade of Lies

Many things in life require a long-term commitment; for example, let's say you have a particular interest in collecting restored cars. Unless you are rolling in money, it would be a little difficult to arrive at an auction and purchase 10 restored beauties in...

Moving to Welfare

When you're moving, everything can get lost – your passport, favorite picture, a table and now, even your identity. But don't worry, these identity stealers aren't after your bank account, and aren't even trying to steal your Social Security number – instead, they're after...
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