Good morning, Chairman Craig, Ranking Member Breaux, and members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging. I want to commend you for holding this important hearing today on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Representative Payee Program. I want to discuss the current program’s deficiencies, our work in the area, and the ways we think legislation can help us improve safeguards in the Representative Payment Program.
Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries
Good morning, Chairman McNulty, Mr. Johnson, and members of the Subcommittee. It's a pleasure to be here today to provide the Social Security Administration (SSA), Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) perspective on Employment Eligibility Verification Systems (EEVS).
The pastor of a church near North East is facing tax fraud and theft charges after an investigation by police and a federal agency, prosecutors confirmed over the weekend.
Woodrow John Fannin, 63, of the unit block of Indian Road near North East, is charged with theft scheme to steal more than $10,000 and less than $100,000 and willfully filing a false tax return, according to Cecil County Circuit Court records.
A death investigation is underway in Lexington after police found a badly decomposed body inside a herbie trash can Wednesday afternoon.
The discovery was made around 1:30 p.m. in a wooded area on Fortune Drive, right outside Kentucky Uniforms, a company that makes police uniforms.
Investigators said they were acting on a tip regarding a person missing since last December, when they found the body, which was described as being in a mummified state.
Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced today that James Bruce Morris, age 66, and Karen Sue Morris, age 49, tax return preparers who for several years operated B. Morris Ltd. in Ash Flat, Arkansas, were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright. James Morris was ordered to serve 48 months in prison and his wife, Karen Morris, was sentenced to serve 24 months in prison. Each was sentenced to 3 years of supervision following their terms of imprisonment.
A federal judge sentenced an Amarillo woman Wednesday to nearly two years in prison and ordered her to pay more than $90,000 in restitution for Social Security fraud.
Katherine Faye Washington, 56, continued to receive Social Security Widow’s Benefits while concealing that she had remarried after her first husband’s death, the plea agreement said.
U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson sentenced Washington to 21 months in prison and ordered her to pay $90,482.60 in restitution, court records show.
Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment today charging four Philadelphia men in a fraud scheme that misused Social Security numbers to prepare and file false tax returns.
The superseding indictment charged Jonathan Brownlee, 27, with additional counts and added three co-defendants. (Brownlee was intially charged last February with filing false claims on tax returns.)
A caregiver for one of four founding brothers of the now-defunct Monsour Medical Center was arraigned on Wednesday on charges she diverted $340,000 from the 95-year-old doctor's accounts into her personal accounts.
Maureen A. Becker, 58, of 521 Mountain View Road, Fairfield, was charged with theft and receiving stolen property in connection with funds that disappeared from the accounts of Dr. Robert Monsour between January 2008 and March 2011.
Kelly Harbert, a former Little Rock banker and socialite who for years served on boards and chaired events for several central Arkansas nonprofit organizations, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to fraud and money-laundering charges.