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Disabled Individuals with Mental Impairments Acting as a Representative Payee

September 27, 2013

Our review of 105 representative payees receiving Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income because of a mental impairment identified 22 who may have been incapable of managing or directing the management of their benefits and those of the beneficiaries for whom they served as representative payees. Further, of the 105 representative payees, we were unable to interview 17. Based on these results, we question the suitability of 39 (37 percent) of the 105 representative payees and estimate that benefits totaling approximately $866,000 may be at risk of misuse or improper use during a 1-year period.

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