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Making False Statements on Claims

When people apply for Social Security Benefits, they state that all information they provide on the forms are true and correct to the best of their knowledge. If a person reports something they know is not true, it may be a crime.

For example:

  • An individual indicates on their application that they are not married when in fact they are married or living as such.
  • An applicant claims to be blind and unable to drive a motor vehicle when in fact the individual possesses a valid driver’s license and is observed driving.
  • A person indicates they do not have any income, when in fact they make money from an outside source such as rental income or an insurance policy.

Do you suspect someone has made a false statement on a claim for Social Security Benefits? Report it to the OIG Fraud Hotline.

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