The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides cash assistance to people who are aged, blind, or disabled and whose income and resources are limited. Since SSI eligibility is based on need, SSA must be aware of any changes in recipients’ income or resources.
Strengthen the Integrity and Protection of the Social Security Number
Article from Eagle-Tribune here
A Lawrence woman was charged yesterday with misusing a Social Security number.
Kernia Avalo De Mejia, 28, was indicted for misusing a Social Security number in connection with renting apartments in the greater Lawrence area under a stolen identity. This indictment was part of a larger investigation into drug trafficking by illegal aliens in the Lawrence-Methuen area.
Article from Bangor Daily News here
A Brunswick woman was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to two weeks in jail followed by three years of supervised release for using her son’s Social Security number to obtain credit and hide her income to continue receiving welfare benefits.
Four people from Northeast Ohio were indicted for operating an identity-theft scheme which they used to defraud six states out of more than $361,000 in unemployment benefits, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Generally, SSA cannot conduct business without exchanging PII and other sensitive information with the public. PII can be used to distinguish or trace that individual’s identity, such as name, Social Security number (SSN), or date of birth.
Randolph Hurst, 50, of West Warwick R.I., a former Assistant District Manager for the Social Security Administration in Rhode Island, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence on October 9, 2013, to stealing the identity of a Coventry man and using the victim’s identity to fraudulently sell more than $160,000 worth of stock certificates belonging to the victim. Hurst also pled guilty to failing to pay $61,999 in taxes owed to the IRS.
SSA sends about 350 million notices to beneficiaries each year. Many of these notices include SSNs and are stored in the Agency's Online Rretrieval System (ORS). ORS allows SSA staff to review notices when beneficiaries contact SSA to discuss the notices they received. Through ORS, staff can view, reprint, send, and save notices addressed to beneficiaries.