Friday, October 23, 2020

Plain and Simple

The Social Security Administration (SSA) makes it plain and simple to understand the terms under which a qualified individual can receive Social Security disability benefits. The bottom line is that an individual must have a medical disability that prevents the claimant from having gainful...

Fraud is Depressing

If left untreated, depression can have some serious consequences such as poor job or school performance, self-injury, or even suicide. Today, we look at a St. Louis, Missouri woman who purportedly used depression as an excuse to receive Social Security disability benefits. She’s now...

Technicalities

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) “Blue Book,” lists both physical and mental impairments that qualify an individual to receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). (There are actually 14 categories to qualify under, however deception is not considered to be...

Stretching a Dollar

If you’re thinking about living abroad while collecting Social Security benefits, it’s best to check with the Social Security Administration (SSA) Payments Abroad Screening Tool to see if you qualify before heading off to another country. An Ellenville, New York man continued to collect...

A Salute

The Department of Defense Military Retirement Fund disburses disability retirement benefits and survivor benefits to military members and their spouses and families following their retirement from active duty and the reserves. Two Sapulpa, Oklahoma siblings took advantage of that government program and also committed...

Found by Justice

Here’s a tip that most people know, but apparently a Laceys Spring, Alabama man did not – if you’re facing charges related to multiple crimes, don’t fake your death and try to leave the United States under someone else’s identity. (You will surely be...

Two Peas in a Fraud Pod

A man who previously served as a police officer in New York has been convicted of committing Social Security disability fraud and tax evasion. The man from Campbell Hall, New York, who claimed to be disabled, double dipped by collecting $1.6 million from working...

If the Truth Be Told

People generally lie because they don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings and they are fearful of the consequences of telling the truth. Ironically, a Bluefield, West Virginia woman lied to the Social Security Administration (SSA) because she feared that a significant source of income...

Three Times a Charm

A woman in Medford, Mass., admitted to lying so she could receive $108,288 in Social Security, Medicare and MassHealth benefits and food stamps over a 10-year period. (SO ambitious!). She was subsequently charged for her Food Stamp, Social Security and Medicare fraud scheme (Three...

Deceptive Granny

Social Security Income (SSI) provides financial assistance to qualified people who are 65 and older, blind or disabled and with limited income and resources. A grandmother from St. Albans Bay, Vermont thought she could get away with Social Security fraud by collecting her grandson’s SSI benefits while...
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