Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries

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

Accuracy of Auxiliary Payments to Children After Divorce

Date: 
Monday, May 12, 2014

An individual is eligible for Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) benefits as a stepchild if (1) his/her natural or adoptive parent married the beneficiary after the child was born or (2) he/she was conceived before the natural or adoptive parent married the beneficiary but was born after that marriage.

Date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014

Work Continuing Disability Reviews for Disabled Title II Beneficiaries with Earnings

Date: 
Monday, May 12, 2014

An individual is considered disabled under Title II of the Social Security Act if he/she is unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) because of a medically determinable impairment that (1) can be expected to result in death or (2) has lasted (or can be expected to last) for a continuous period of at least 12 months.

Date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014

Washington Man Charged After Stealing $220,000 in Deceased Father's Social Security Funds

Date: 
Thursday, May 8, 2014

Article from Kirotv.com here

A 66-year-old Renton man has been charged with felony theft of public funds, after investigators said he pocketed $220,000 in Social Security funds over 17 years that were issued to his deceased father. 

When KIRO 7 approached Patrick Derrick at his Renton home, he said, “Hi. No, we're not interested; no thank you; no comment.” 

Date: 
Thu, 05/08/2014

Wisconsin Woman Sentenced to 6 Months in Jail for Stealing Son's Social Security Disability Payments

Date: 
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Article from the Wausau Daily Herald here

A Weston woman who stole more than $52,000 of her son’s Social Security disability payments and then gambled most of it away was sentenced in federal court Monday to six months in jail.

Date: 
Tue, 05/06/2014

The Social Security Administration’s Field Office Remittance Process

Date: 
Friday, May 2, 2014

SSA  field offices (FO) receive checks, money orders, cash, and credit card payments for Medicare premium payments and Title II/XVI overpayment refunds. They also collect fees for services. SSA defines these payments as remittances.

Date: 
Fri, 05/02/2014

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