Is Social Security Fraud Common?

As we have reported previously, instances of Social Security fraud have tremendous negative consequences for people who legitimately receive benefits.

One consequence is that the media often reports fraud cases heavily, making it look like scams are rampant. However, this is simply untrue—it is estimated by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities that fraud constitutes less than 1 percent of SSDI paid benefits.

This is why we appreciate the prosecution of anyone who is accused of committing fraud. Keep in mind, earlier this year the Social Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a public report detailing how the agency has begun to develop analytics to detect instances of possible fraud.

Remember, to qualify for SSDI, a person has to prove that he or she cannot work. The SSA uses a rigid five-step evaluation for people who are applying for benefits. The SSA can spot lies or inaccuracies, and there are severe consequences for people who are caught trying to cheat the system.

Recently, it was announced that a Pennsylvania woman was charged with collecting her dead mother’s benefits for nearly 20 years. The woman faces 10 years in federal prison, restitution to the government and a $250,000 fine due to her alleged actions.

Receiving Social Security Benefits

Remember, you should only collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits if you cannot work. Recipients have to have work credits to obtain benefits. Individuals who attempt to cheat the system are punished in criminal court where they face potential prison time and fines.

If you are interested in obtaining SSDI, contact a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney today for help. We offer free consultations, and you can reach us by phone at (918) 587-0050.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys

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