We have been reporting on Social Security fraud recently in our blog, as statistics show that actual cases may be much lower than what is portrayed in the media, because the government is doing a good job preventing occurrences.
Earlier this month, the Social Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a public report detailing how the agency was combating fraud.
According to the report, the Social Security Administration began to develop analytics to detect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) fraud earlier this year. The agency reportedly began using data from large-scam schemes that were reported to take place in New York, Puerto Rico and West Virginia to investigate potential cases across the country.
The SSA said that it is using the data to find any potential characteristics and groupings that may lead to the discovery of new schemes. The agency has also reportedly begun working with three vendors, Northrup Gruman, SaS and Accenture, to review the predictive analytics.
The SSA also said that it has established Fraud Prevention Units (FPUs) that specialize in fraud detection in several areas throughout the country, including New York City, Kansas City and San Francisco. Disability examiners who work for these units are in charge of analyzing suspicious activities that may be reported to the agency.
For more information about the fraud prevention efforts, you can visit the OIG’s website and review the study by clicking here.
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We applaud any efforts to reduce SSDI schemes, as these frauds place the SSA and legitimate recipients in a negative light. Additionally, we support the prosecution of anyone who may contribute to a scheme.
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