Noncitizens Issued Multiple Social Security Numbers

Date: 
Monday, December 10, 2012
Report Number: 
A-06-10-20155
Report Type: 
Audit Report
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Generally, SSA will assign an individual only one Social Security number. Under certain circumstances, SSA can approve issuance of an additional SSN. When SSA issues an individual more than one SSN, the Agency must cross-refer the SSNs to properly credit the individual's earnings to his/her earnings record and prevent payment of duplicate claims.

We initiated this review in response to a criminal case where a noncitizen used two SSNs to fraudulently obtain about $55,000 in Federal payments.