Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries

New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Deceased Mother's Benefits

Date: 
Friday, December 19, 2014

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Burlington County, New Jersey, man today admitted converting to his own use Retirement Savings benefits and Veterans Affairs Dependency and Indemnity Compensation payments that were wrongfully paid to his deceased mother, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Irvin Cooper, 65, of Delran, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of theft of government funds.

Date: 
Fri, 12/19/2014

Underpayments Payable to Terminated Title II Beneficiaries

Date: 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

According to SSA policy, an underpayment is any monthly benefit amount due a beneficiary that SSA has not paid. Underpayments include accrued monthly benefits SSA has not paid and uncashed checks representing correct payments to deceased beneficiaries.

Date: 
Wed, 12/17/2014

Payments to Student Beneficiaries

Date: 
Monday, December 15, 2014

The Social Security Act provides benefits to children upon the insured wage earners’ retirement, death, or disability. Child beneficiaries are entitled to benefits until they marry or attain age 18. After age 18, child beneficiaries become eligible for student benefits if they attend an elementary or secondary school full time. Generally, student benefits continue through the earlier of age 19 and 2 months or the end of the school year.

Date: 
Mon, 12/15/2014

The Social Security Administration’s Prisoner Incentive Payment Program

Date: 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Social Security Act allows the Social Security Administration (SSA) to make incentive payments to State and local correctional facilities that provide inmate data to SSA.

Date: 
Wed, 12/03/2014

The Social Security Administration’s Access to Financial Institutions Program (Limited Distribution)

Date: 
Friday, December 5, 2014

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides cash assistance to people who are aged, blind, or disabled with limited income and resources. SSI applicants and recipients are required to report their resources to SSA to ensure they are eligible for SSI payments.

Date: 
Fri, 12/05/2014

Individuals with Multiple Social Security Numbers that Were Not Cross-referenced in SSA's Systems

Date: 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Generally, SSA assigns an individual one Social Security number (SSN) to track his/her earnings and any benefits he/she may receive. In some cases, an individual can have more than one SSN. For example, when SSA assigns consecutive SSNs to members of the same family, one of the individuals can request a new SSN. If SSA assigns an individual more than one SSN, the Agency generally cross-refers it electronically in its records.

Date: 
Tue, 11/25/2014

Connecticut Man Sentenced for Social Security Disability Fraud, Tax Fraud

Date: 
Friday, November 21, 2014

From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut:

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOSEPH LUCA, 68, of Meriden, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to four years of probation, the first six months of which LUCA must spend in home confinement with electronic monitoring, for stealing Social Security benefits and filing false tax returns. LUCA also was ordered to perform 80 hours of community service.

Date: 
Fri, 11/21/2014

Eight Florida Residents Charged with Social Security Fraud in "Operation November Rain"

Date: 
Friday, November 21, 2014

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the filing of federal charges against individuals in eight separate cases. These individuals have been charged with stealing $767,949 in federal benefits to which they were not entitled. The penalty for stealing federal benefits or making false statements is up to 10 years in federal prison per count.

Date: 
Fri, 11/21/2014

Connecticut Woman Pleads Guilty to Deceased Payee Fraud

Date: 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut:

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SANDRA KIMBRO, 66, of Hamden, waived her right to indictment and pleaded guilty today in Hartford federal court to one count of theft of public funds.

Date: 
Wed, 11/19/2014

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