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Missouri Man Involved in Social Security Disability Fraud Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

A man from Independence, Missouri, has received sentencing for his involvement in a Social Security disability fraud scheme that swindled the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Treasury out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to The Examiner, a jury convicted Charles Daniel Koss, 63, on five counts in February 2013. These counts include Social Security disability fraud, mail fraud and the theft of government money. In 1987, Koss began receiving disability payments for a myoneural disorder and hypertension. However, between September 1994 and January 2010, the court found him guilty of receiving Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) payments while actively running a mortgage brokerage firm he began operating in 1994. During this time, he did not attempt to notify the SSA of the income he gained from working at his real estate business. U.S. District Court Judge Brian C. Wimes is ordering Koss to repay the…
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Wheelchair User Settles ADA Compliance Lawsuit against Connecticut XL Center

In the spring of 2009, musician Bruce Springsteen held a concert at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Formerly known as the Hartford Civic Center, the multi-purpose arena and convention center can hold roughly 16,000 patrons at any given time as well as provide a great venue for both entertainment and athletic events. Well, a great venue if you do not have a disability. Michelle Duprey found this out firsthand when she arrived to hear “The Boss” play on April 24, 2009. Instead of being entertained, Duprey was frustrated with the XL Center’s lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which included her limited ability to see the concert, the center’s failure to provide adequate restroom facilities and more. The Hartford Courant reported that Duprey uses a wheelchair for mobility, and she felt that the XL Center failed in many aspects to be fully accessible for individuals…
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Our Tulsa Disability Lawyer Looks Further into the Rise of Unemployment and Disability Applications

As an update to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal discussing the worries many feel about the weakening job market, we offer more information regarding a study of how Americans may be using disability benefits as a source of unemployment income. This may shed some light onto why seeking gainful employment if you have a disability may sometimes be difficult. The study cited in the article, conducted in April 2013 by University of California, Berkeley economist Jesse Rothstein, suggests that the rise in unemployment and disability applications is not causational but may correlate in many ways. In his preliminary findings on the subject that we also covered in another blog post, Rothstein tested the correlation theory of whether the increase of disability filings is due to an increase in unemployment. However, by considering the unemployment rate as well as the extension and cutting of unemployment over the past…
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Handling a Disability Benefits Claim After an Applicant’s Death

Depending on the each person’s individual application and medical case, receiving an answer from the Social Security Administration (SSA) on the status of disability benefits can take over a year, and sometimes as long as two years. Unfortunately, some applicants do not live long enough to hear decision back from the SSA. For family members dealing with a loved one’s final affairs, it is important to notify the SSA as soon as possible and file a form called a “Notice Regarding Substitution of Party Upon Death of Claimant.” As we have previously discussed, it is possible for an applicant’s spouse to collect payments after the applicant has passed away. Once the deceased applicant’s family submits the proper paperwork, they must still wait for the SSA to come to a final decision about the applicant’s disability state prior to his or her death. if the SSA decides that the applicant qualifies…
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Average Disability Benefits Amount to Rise in 2013

Americans who receive disability benefitsfrom the Social Security Administration (SSA) will see a marginal increase in their benefits next year. The SSA has announced a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for all beneficiaries, to begin in January 2013. The COLA usually occurs each year and is based upon the Consumer Price Index, which the US government defines as “a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services.” In simpler terms, the COLA adjusts to compensate for inflation. Since 1975, the SSA has increased benefits almost every year. The exceptions were 1983, 2010 and 2011, when inflation did not rise as much as predicted. With 2013’s COLA, the average SSDI benefit will rise about $18.81 per month, or $227 per year. This increase is a small one for sure, but even small increases help disabled Americans…
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