SSA administers the Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance program under Title II of the Social Security Act. The program provides monthly benefits to retired or disabled workers and their families and to survivors of deceased workers.
Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries
Article from the New York Times here
A former New York City police officer accused of playing a major role in a scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration pleaded guilty on Wednesday and agreed to testify against his co-defendants.
Prosecutors said that the former officer, Joseph Esposito, was one of four people who concocted a scheme that bilked the federal government out of more than $27 million.
From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Rhode Island:
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Henry A. Fellela, Jr., 56, of Johnston, was sentenced today to 48 months in federal prison for making nearly $83,000 in purchases with the use of stolen credit cards belonging to 17 individuals and fraudulently collecting more than $58,000 in Supplemental Security Income benefits by falsely claiming that he had no permanent home address while living with his wife and children in their Johnston residence.
Press Release for the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts, here
BOSTON - A Shrewsbury man was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Worcester today for taking $57,948 in Social Security payments to which he was not entitled.
The independent certified public accounting firm that audited SSA’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 financial statements shared its concerns with us regarding the impact reduced funding had on stewardship activities. Specifically, these concerns pertained to how reduced funding had
In August 2010, we investigated approximately 60 fraudulent retirement claims that were filed using SSA's online application process. The investigation revealed that an individual and two accomplices used death information of individuals who died in California in the 1980s and filed retirement benefit claims using the deceased individuals’ personally identifiable information (PII).
From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia:
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Christopher Castleberry has been sentenced to one year and six months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing his children’s Social Security Survivor’s benefits.
Press Release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland, here
Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Yolando Guerrero, age 59, of Laurel, Maryland today to a year and a day in prison followed by three years of supervised release for theft of government property. Judge Messitte also entered an order that Guerrero pay restitution of $335,197.