Strengthen the Integrity and Protection of the Social Security Number

SSN Misuse: Family of Five Fraudulently Receives Survivors’ Benefits

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

An applicant for a liquor license used two SSNs, one of which contained death information. An investigation conducted by our Greensboro, NC office revealed that the man’s five family members fraudulently received Title II survivor’s benefits based on the SSN containing the death information.

The fraudulent entitlement to the survivors’ benefits, which started in 2001, resulted in an incorrect payment to the family of over $98,000.

Wed, 08/31/2011

Social Security Numbers Assigned to Diversity Visa Immigrants

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Because the Social Security number (SSN) is one of the keys to financial, legal, and social assimilation in this country, we are issuing this report to convey information related to diversity visa (DV) immigrants’ use of SSNs.

Tue, 11/17/2015

Status of the Social Security Administration’s Earnings Suspense File

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

We are issuing this report to provide information about the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) efforts to reduce the size and growth of the Earnings Suspense File (ESF).

Tue, 09/22/2015

Numberholders Age 112 or Older Who Did Not Have a Death Entry on the Numident

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Our objective was to determine whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) had controls in place to annotate death information on the Numident--SSA's database of Social Security numberholders--of numberholders who exceeded maximum reasonable life expectancies.

In this audit, we identified approximately 6.5 million numberholders age 112 or older who did not have death information on the Numident. SSA issued SSNs to a majority of these numberholders to process benefit claims before 1972.

Wed, 03/04/2015

California Tax Attorney Sentenced to 57 Months in Prison for Using Deceased Children's Identities to Commit Tax Fraud

Monday, November 17, 2014

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

SAN DIEGO - Lloyd Irving Taylor, formerly a licensed California tax attorney and certified public accountant, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Anello to 57 months in prison and ordered to pay over $2.2 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”).

Mon, 11/17/2014

New York Man Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison for Fraud and Identity Theft Schemes

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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

WILMINGTON, Del. – Charles M. Oberly, III, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced today that Tyron Burgess, age 36, of Manhattan, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Gregory M. Sleet to 42 months of imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release. Mr. Burgess was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $129,985 to five different financial institutions.

Tue, 10/21/2014

Mexican National Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Stealing Deceased Child's Identity

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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

HOUSTON – Jesus Duenas-Barajas, 53, a Mexican National illegally residing in Houston, has been ordered to prison following his convictions of submitting a false statement on a U.S. passport application and aggravated identity theft, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Duenas-Barajas pleaded guilty July 7, 2014.

Tue, 10/14/2014

Effectiveness of the Social Security Administration’s Server Patch Management Process (Limited Distribution)

Monday, September 29, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology recommends that security issues be patched timely to maintain the operational availability, confidentiality, and integrity of information technology systems. Additionally, the Government Accountability Office’s Federal Information System Control Audit Manual requires that an effective patch management process be documented and implemented.

Mon, 09/29/2014