"Criminal Coffee" owner to serve 15 months in prison for attempting to defraud SSA of disability payments.
It's a strange, yet surprisingly common way people steal Social Security benefits.
One of the subjects of this investigation now faces up to five years in prison.
We're stepping up our efforts to combat "third-party facilitator" fraud.
It's been almost two months since we last posted, so we wanted to update you on what's been happening around the Social Security OIG.
CDI teams in 21 states have close working relationships with the State Disability Determination Services that process SSA disability applications and refer suspicious cases.
Occasionally, our audits receive attention from the media, including a recent report on SSI recipients and Russian pensions.
Just like FBI or NCIS agents, our investigators have full law enforcement authority, including executing search warrants and making arrests.
People who lie to or conceal facts from SSA might keep receiving their benefits for a while. But if we find out, we can make them pay back not only the amount they stole, but a lot more.