Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries

Former NYC Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Major Role in Widespread Disability Fraud Scheme

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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.

Wed, 08/27/2014

Rhode Island Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Credit Card Theft and Social Security Fraud

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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.

Tue, 08/26/2014

Massachusetts Man Sentenced for Stealing $59,000 in Social Security Benefits

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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.

Wed, 08/20/2014

The Social Security Administration’s Completion of Program Integrity Workloads

Monday, August 18, 2014

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

Mon, 08/18/2014

Payments to Individuals with Deaths Reported in California from 1980 to 1987

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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).

Thu, 08/14/2014

Georgia Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Stealing Children's Social Security Benefits

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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.

Wed, 08/13/2014

Maryland Woman Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Social Security Benefit Checks

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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.

Wed, 08/06/2014

Missouri Man Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Deceased Mother's Social Security Benefits

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 Press Release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri, here

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Liberty, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for stealing $84,137 by spending his deceased mother’s Social Security benefits. 

Wed, 07/23/2014