On November 20, 2009, the President signed Executive Order 13520 to reduce improper payments by intensifying efforts to eliminate payment error, waste, fraud, and abuse in major Government-administered programs, while continuing to ensure that Federal programs serve and provide access to their intended beneficiaries.
Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries
Auxiliary beneficiaries are children, widows, spouses, and parents who receive Title II Social Security benefits based on another wage earner‘s Social Security record. As such, the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses the primary wage earner’s—not the auxiliary beneficiary’s—Social Security number (SSN) to track the auxiliary’s benefit payments on the Master Beneficiary Record (MBR).
From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts:
BOSTON – A Boston woman pleaded guilty today to taking more than $220,000 in Social Security payments to which she was not entitled and failing to pay taxes on that income.
Frances Kenney Moseley, 65, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani to theft of public money and tax evasion. In September 2014, Moseley was charged in a felony information. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 22, 2014.
From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas:
KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A soldier at Ft. Riley was sentenced Wednesday for making false material statements to the Social Security Administration, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York:
BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., announced today that a federal grand jury has indicted Ari Elias Baum, 30, of Buffalo, N.Y., on charges of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits fraud, theft of government property, and making a material false statement. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.