OIG In the News

 
DATE: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
SUMMARY: Fox Tampa Bay reports a total of 13 people have been charged in 12 separate cases in Florida for stealing more than $1 million in Social Security benefits.
 
DATE: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
SUMMARY: The AARP reports on an investigation that involved scammers posing as government officials to bilk older victims of cash and gift cards.
 
DATE: Tuesday, October 20, 2020
SUMMARY: CBS-Albany, New York reports that a woman pleaded guilty to stealing the Social Security benefits of her deceased mother for several years after her mother's death.
 
DATE: Sunday, October 4, 2020
SUMMARY: Fox Chicago reports that a former Social Security claims specialist was sentenced to four years in prison for collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent benefits.
 
DATE: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
SUMMARY: Fox New York City reports that more than a dozen people and three companies are accused of using fake identities to run a nationwide financial scam that pulled in more than $1 million.
 
DATE: Thursday, September 10, 2020
SUMMARY: CBS Las Vegas reports that a Las Vegas man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining nearly $1.2 million in benefits from the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
 
DATE: Thursday, September 3, 2020
SUMMARY: Forbes reports that the federal govermnent made another arrest tied to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan fraud. The attorney, Jae H. Choi, has been accused of fraudulently obtaining nearly $9 million in PPP loans.
 
DATE: Monday, August 24, 2020
SUMMARY: CBS Minnesota reports that a Zimmerman woman has pleaded guilty to receiving at least $40,000 in disability benefits she didn't need.
 
DATE: Saturday, August 15, 2020
SUMMARY: The Wall Street Journal covers an OIG and Department of Justice investigation of a robocall fraud that scammed American consumers out of more than $38 million in 2019.
 
DATE: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
SUMMARY: NBC (Cleveland, Ohio) reports that a man has been arrested after allegedly stealing more than $80,000 in Social Security and Department of Defense benefits earned by his father, a retired Navy officer who died in 2016.
 
DATE: Thursday, July 30, 2020
SUMMARY: NBC South Florida reports a dozen people in Florida have been charged in 11 cases of stealing more than $700,000 in Social Security benefits.
 
DATE: Wednesday, July 22, 2020
SUMMARY: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a 58-year-old Bucks County man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to pretending to be a Navy SEAL and wounded prisoner of war to steal $300,000 in veterans benefits.
 
DATE: Thursday, July 16, 2020
SUMMARY: Fox News reports that the OIG and Department of Justice announced the arrest of a married couple, who stand accused of laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars for foreign fraudsters.
 
DATE: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
SUMMARY: Forbes discusses a recent OIG audit report that found that SSA failed to inform a high percentage of widows and widowers that they might be entitled to a higher benefit than the one they were receiving.
 
DATE: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
SUMMARY: ABC (Lexington, Kentucky) reports that the Better Business Bureau said it is hearing from senior citizens about scammers calling them pretending to be with the Social Security Administration.
 
DATE: Friday, July 3, 2020
SUMMARY: CBS Miami reports a central Florida man who collected his mother's Social Security payments for years after her death has been sentenced to two years in federal prison.