Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries

Mississippi Woman Convicted of Stealing Widow's Benefits

Date: 
Monday, June 2, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A South Mississippi jury has convicted a Kiln woman on a theft charge involving about $75,000 in widow's survivor benefits originally awarded to her mother.

The Sun Herald reports Virginia Edelman was found guilty Tuesday at trial in U.S. District Court.

The jury believed testimony that Edelman's mother is dead but Edelman has used the government money, deposited in their joint account, for more than 11 years.

She remains free on bond pending sentencing.

Date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014

Spousal Beneficiaries Whose Government Pension Offset Has Stopped

Date: 
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Government Pension Offset (GPO) provision reduces monthly benefits for spouses, divorced spouses, and surviving spouses who receive a pension based on their own work for a Federal, State, or local government that was not covered by Social Security. The GPO reduction is generally equal to two-thirds of the government pension.

Date: 
Tue, 05/27/2014

Coordinated Effort Results in Multiple Charges Against Jordanian National and Family Members

Date: 
Friday, May 23, 2014

 Press Release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas, here

HOUSTON - A combined federal, state and local investigation has led to the arrest of three Jordanian nationals on federal fraud charges, one of whom is also charged in state district court with murder. 

Date: 
Fri, 05/23/2014

Massachusetts Man Pleads Guilty to $57,000 Social Security Fraud

Date: 
Friday, May 23, 2014

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

BOSTON - A Shrewsbury man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Worcester today to taking $57,948 in Social Security payments to which he was not entitled.

George Bergstrom, 60, pleaded guilty to theft of public money. Earlier this month, Bergstrom was charged in a felony information. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman scheduled sentencing for August 20, 2014.

Date: 
Fri, 05/23/2014

Title II Beneficiaries Receiving Benefits Under the Lawful Presence Payment Provisions

Date: 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Social Security Act restricts the payment of Title II benefits to noncitizens in the United States. Any noncitizen applying for benefits must be lawfully present in the United States to receive benefits.

Date: 
Tue, 05/20/2014

Supplemental Security Income Recipients with Excess Unstated Income

Date: 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Because of the program’s means-based nature, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment amounts can fluctuate monthly. The Social Security Administration (SSA) relies on recipients to self-report changes in circumstances that may affect SSI eligibility and/or payment amounts. However, some SSI recipients fail to report these changes to retain their SSI payments. This issue has been a cause of SSI overpayments since the program’s inception.

Date: 
Tue, 05/20/2014

Four Texas Residents Arrested on Federal Charges Including Conspiracy to Defraud SSA

Date: 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Press Release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Norther District of Texas, here

DALLAS — Four Arlington, Texas, residents have been charged in a federal indictment, returned by a grand jury in Dallas earlier this month and unsealed yesterday, with conspiracy to defraud the United States, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Date: 
Tue, 05/20/2014

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