Probation or Parole Violators Serving as Representative Payees
To quantify the benefits received by representative payees who were probation or parole violators
While the Social Security Protection Act of 2004 contains a provision that disqualifies probation or parole violators from serving as representative payees for Title XVI recipients, there is no similar provision for Title II beneficiaries.
Also, the computer matching agreement the Social Security Administration (SSA) has with law enforcement agencies only covers the identification of fugitive felons who are representative payees and not probation or parole violators who are representative payees.To view the full report, visit http://www.ssa.gov/oig/ADOBEPDF/A-01-09-29112.pdf
Based on our sample, we estimate that between April 2005 and January 2009, about $26.9 million in Social Security funds was paid to about 1,800 probation or parole violators who were serving as representative payees These payees received benefits for about 2,439 beneficiaries. Of the $26.9 million, probation/parole violators serving as payees received approximately
Therefore, SSA was not complying with the Social Security Act requirement to prohibit probation or parole violators from serving as representative payees for Title XVI recipients.
We recommended SSA: