Last week, we discussed how more than 100 retired New York City police and firefighters were indicted in a massive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) scam involving hundreds of millions of dollars.
The National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) released a statement last week condemning the alleged activities that took place:
“NOSSCR condemns any misuse of the Social Security disability programs. If true, the allegations are beyond reprehensible. Any individual who seeks to abuse the Social Security disability programs does so at the expense of the millions of Americans with significant disabilities and severe illnesses who receive benefits appropriately, and for whom benefits are a vital lifeline – and should be brought to justice.
As an organization that fights for the economic security of American workers with disabilities and their families, we cannot allow the bad behavior of a few bad apples jeopardize the crucial benefits of the disabled workers who receive benefits appropriately, whom our members see in their every work single day.”
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We will continue to blog about this story, as updates are available. As members of the NOSSCR, we could not agree more with the organization’s statement. These types of news stories unfortunately help enhance a public perception that SSDI is some type of “scheme”, when nothing could be further from the truth. The overwhelming majority of people who receive SSDI do so because they are disabled and they have earned work credits.
If you have questions about an application for disability benefits, do not hesitate to contact our Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers for a free consultation. You may also reach us by phone at (918) 265-1404.
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