Good morning, Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Becerra, and members of the Subcommittee. It is a pleasure to appear before you, and I thank you for the invitation to testify today. I have appeared before Congress many times to discuss issues critical to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the services the Agency provides to American citizens. Today, we are discussing SSA’s Disability Insurance (DI) program, focusing on efforts to secure the program’s future and safeguard it from fraud, waste, and abuse.
Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries
A Hawkins County woman allegedly has recorded a rare and duplicative double in the armchair avocation of post-mortem Social Security fraud, a federal prosecutor said this morning.
In 2004, Judy L. Dinsmore, 58, was convicted of stealing Social Security benefits for collecting 22 years worth of checks sent to her aunt, Stella Roberts, who died in 1982.
Dinsmore, 58, and her then-mother-in-law, Mary Lou Dinsmore, kept Roberts alive — on paper — long enough to amass $75,000 in payments intended for the dead woman.
Woman’s fraud charges pile up
IRS, FBI working on case against Denton resident
12:48 AM CST on Saturday, January 14, 2012
By Donna Fielder / Staff Writer
Federal agents arrested a Denton woman Friday morning on charges ranging from filing false income tax returns and aggravated identity theft to misuse of a Social Security number and wire fraud based on mortgage fraud. She was taken to Plano, where she will remain in jail pending a detention hearing Tuesday.
John Bethea, 55, of Trenton, N.J., admitted today to stealing nearly $90,000 in Social Security disability benefits and using his brother’s Social Security number to obtain employment and worker’s compensation, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Bethea pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton federal court to an Information charging him with theft of government funds and misrepresentation of a Social Security number.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
The federal government says it mistakenly paid $54,000 to a Washtenaw County man who repeatedly claimed that he didn't get his disability check.
David Lundy has been charged with stealing public money. A criminal complaint says he rightly received $18,000 in 2008 but then went back to the Social Security Administration three more times to insist that he never got the cash.
An Evington man was sentenced to 10 months' home confinement Friday for cashing his mother's Social Security checks for nearly seven years after her death.
Darrell Anthony Perdue, 29, accepted $85,850 in benefits following his mother's 2003 death and used it to pay living expenses and buy a truck until he was discovered in July 2010, court records show.
Perdue is unemployed and rarely leaves the home he shares with his brother, Donald, 49, due to paralyzing social anxiety, according to a sentencing memo filed by his attorney, Randy Cargill.
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.
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.
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.