Sometimes, people who receive Social Security Benefits are not able to handle their own financial affairs. In those cases, and after a careful investigation, SSA appoints a relative, friend, or another individual or organization to handle their Social Security matters.
When reporting allegations of Representative Payee misuse, there are several things that must be considered before reporting this information.
Some of the duties of a Representative Payee include:
A Representative Payee must apply the payments for the use and benefit of the entitled individual. The funds should be spent on the beneficiary’s current and reasonably foreseeable needs. The needs should be immediate and essential.
Examples of properly disbursed benefits are:
If there are funds left over once the beneficiary’s current needs are met, the representative payee must save and/or invest the remaining funds in trust for the beneficiary.
Representative Payees cannot:
If you feel the Representative Payee has in some fashion misused the benefits being issued for the beneficiary, contact the OIG Fraud Hotline.
You should provide as much identifying information as possible regarding the suspect. Such information should include: