Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries

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Follow-up: Individuals Receiving Benefits Under Multiple Social Security Numbers at Different Addresses

Date: 
Friday, January 13, 2012

Based on our review, SSA assessed approximately $2.9 million in overpayments to 46 beneficiaries who inappropriately received benefits under multiple SSNs at different addresses. Of these 46 cases, 40 involved possible fraud, and six involved administrative errors. In addition, the Agency avoided paying $354,070 by discontinuing these incorrect payments.

 

Date: 
Fri, 01/13/2012

Las Vegas Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison in Benefits Theft Case

Date: 
Thursday, January 12, 2012

A 58-year-old Las Vegas accountant has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for stealing more than $525,000 in disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden said Nelson Vazquez was also sentenced Tuesday to three years of supervised release and to pay restitution to the Social Security Administration.

Vazquez pleaded guilty in October 2011 to theft of government funds.

Date: 
Thu, 01/12/2012

Eight People Plead Guilty to Defrauding Social Security

Date: 
Monday, January 9, 2012

Officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Social Security Administration said Monday that eight people have entered guilty pleas to defrauding Social Security of more than a half million dollars.

The eight individuals defrauded the Social Security Administration out of a combined $517,647.16, according to officials.

Date: 
Mon, 01/09/2012

Washington Couple Sentenced to Prison for Long-Running Disability Fraud Scheme

Date: 
Friday, January 6, 2012

A Mill Creek, Washington couple was sentenced to prison today in U.S. District Court in Seattle for a long-running scheme to defraud government programs, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. ANTHONY GEORGE, 37, and ROXANNE GEORGE, 35, both pleaded guilty in September 2011, to Social Security fraud. ANTHONY GEORGE was sentenced to 27 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and must pay $198,148 in restitution to state and federal disability programs.

Date: 
Fri, 01/06/2012

Virginia Man Sentenced to Prison for Cashing Dead Mother's Social Security Checks

Date: 
Saturday, January 7, 2012

A 72-year-old Bristol, Va., man will serve two years in federal prison for cashing in his dead mother’s Social Security checks for 40 years.

A tearful David Ross said Friday he’s sorry for keeping the $318,492 and would pay back every cent if he could.

“I was stupid not to … end this,” Ross said in U.S. District Court in Abingdon. “Please, your honor, give me a chance.”

But Judge James P. Jones, picking from the high end of the sentencing guidelines, said a message had to be sent to society.

Date: 
Sat, 01/07/2012

South Carolina Family Charged with Defrauding Social Security

Date: 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Robert Wilson Hawkins Jr., age 50 his wife, Deborah Hawkins 54 and his brother, William Hawkins, 48, all of Clover, South Carolina were charged in a three-count Indictment with conspiracy to defraud the United States as well as defrauding the United States, violations of 18 United States Code, 371 and 641. Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty for the charges are five and ten years imprisonment respectively. William Hawkins is the owner of IND-Tech, a Clover machine shop specializing in textile parts and repair work.

Date: 
Wed, 01/04/2012

OKLAHOMA CITY MAN TO SERVE 30 MONTHS FOR THEFT OF SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

Date: 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – CHARLES E. WHITE, 59, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stephen P. Friot to serve 30 months in federal prison for theft of Social Security benefits and making false statements, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. In addition, Judge Friot ordered White to pay $78,945 in restitution to the Social Security Administration.

Date: 
Wed, 01/04/2012

Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft of Government Funds from Home for Developmentally Disabled

Date: 
Thursday, January 5, 2012

A long-time employee of a residential facility for the developmentally disabled in Bremerton, Washington, pleaded guilty today to theft of government funds, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  KRISTI OSBORNE, 66, who served as a Fiscal Analyst at the Frances Hadden Morgan Center admits to stealing $304,755 from three bank accounts she oversaw that held money belonging to the disabled residents and to the center.  When sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan on March 30, 2012, OSBORNE faces up to ten years in prison.

Date: 
Thu, 01/05/2012

SSA's Reporting of High-Dollar Overpayments Under Executive Order 13520 in Fiscal Year 2011

Date: 
Friday, December 30, 2011

On November 20, 2009, the President issued Executive Order 13520. As part of the Executive Order, each agency head is required to submit to the agency's OIG and the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency a quarterly report on high-dollar overpayments identified by the agency, subject to Federal privacy policies.

This review covers SSA's high-dollar overpayments reports for the quarters ended December 2010 and March, June and September 2011.

Date: 
Fri, 12/30/2011

New York Woman Sentenced for Theft of Public Money

Date: 
Friday, December 30, 2011

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced that Gloria Pugh, 45, of Rochester, N.Y., who was convicted of theft of public money, was sentenced to five years probation by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman. Pugh was also ordered to pay $18,140 in restitution. 

Date: 
Fri, 12/30/2011

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