OIG In the News

DATE: Thursday, March 4, 2021
SUMMARY: AARP reports on National Slam the Scam Day and that imposters are using the names of real officials at the SSA or its Office of the Inspector General.
DATE: Thursday, March 4, 2021
SUMMARY: CNBC reports that victims lost nearly $45 million last year.
DATE: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
SUMMARY: Forbes reports in the last fiscal year, the Social Security Administration received more than 781,000 reports of Social Security-related telephone scams.
DATE: Sunday, February 14, 2021
SUMMARY: NBC News reports that after three decades on the run, Howard Farley Jr. was arrested in Florida, where he had been hiding in plain sight.
DATE: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
SUMMARY: ABC-Chicago reports that a woman lost $80,000 to Social Security scammers.
DATE: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
SUMMARY: AARP reports that impostors have been posing as real Social Security officials and flaunting fake badge numbers to persuade victims to give up money or sensitive information.
DATE: Wednesday, December 30, 2020
SUMMARY: Washington Post discusses an OIG report that estimated that the SSA did not issue payments to 27,724 eligible recipients owed $52.1 million and did not locate 17,772 people eligible for approximately $90.4 million.
DATE: Monday, December 14, 2020
SUMMARY: Forbes discusses an audit report that focused on Social Security retirement beneficiaries who continued to work after claiming their retirement benefits before full retirement age.
DATE: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
SUMMARY: Forbes reports that one of the most common scams is a caller who claims "there's a problem with your Social Security."
DATE: Saturday, November 28, 2020
SUMMARY: CBS Atlanta reports that a newly created Georgia Unemployment Insurance Fraud Task Force will combat fraud schemes targeting unemployment insurance benefits.
DATE: Monday, November 23, 2020
SUMMARY: CNBC reports that 47% of Americans have been targeted by a Social Security scam in the past three months.
DATE: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
SUMMARY: WSB-TV 2 Atlanta reports that federal investigators closed down a server farm that sent out tens of millions of scam calls here in Georgia, and across the country, on behalf of an India-based Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provider.
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.