Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries

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Accuracy of Title II Survivors Benefit Transactions Greater Than $30,000 Processed Through the Manual Adjustment, Credit and Award Process System

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The OIG's Office of Audit reviewed a random sample of 50 survivors benefit transactions over $30,000 that SSA staff processed through the Manual Adjustment, Credit and Award Process (MADCAP) system. The sample was selected from a population of more than 1,000 MADCAP transactions SSA processed between Oct. 1, 2008 and Sept. 30, 2009.

Of the 50 sampled MADCAP transactions tested, eight (16 percent) had payment errors totaling $87,238, including:

Tue, 10/11/2011

The Social Security Administration’s Plan to Reduce Improper Payments Under Executive Order 13520, as Reported in March 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Did you know that each Federal agency must issue an annual report on improper payments it made during the prior year? It is the Inspector General's responsibility to determine whether the agency's figures presented were accurate and if the agency complied with all of the requirements of the 2009 Executive Order on Reducing Improper Payments. This is SSA/OIG's evaluation of SSA's reported improper payments for 2010. 

Wed, 09/28/2011

Louisiana Man Accused of Collecting Late Mother's Social Security Benefits

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Federal prosecutors have filed a theft charge against a New Orleans man accused of collecting his mother's Social Security benefits for 26 years after her death. A court filing Thursday charges 65-year-old Bertrand R. Taylor with one count of theft of government funds. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the charge. Prosecutors say Taylor failed to inform the Social Security Administration that his mother died in June 1984. He allegedly pocketed more than $175,000 of her monthly benefits and spent the money on himself.

Tue, 09/27/2011

Texas Woman Admits Stealing Deceased Mother's Social Security Benefits

Friday, September 23, 2011

 A Houston woman pled guilty to stealing $93,954 in Social Security benefits after her mother passed away. Theft of benefits is punishable by up to ten years imprisonment, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000, and restitution.

Fri, 09/23/2011

Virginia Woman Ordered to Repay Nearly $270,000 to SSA

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
In response to information provided by the Alexandria, Virginia SSA office, our Washington, D.C. office investigated Day North.  While receiving Title II disability benefits, North concealed her work activity with the Northern Virginia Roofing Company from SSA.  After North pled guilty to Social Security fraud, a U.S. District Court judge, Eastern District of Virginia, sentenced her to 45 days’ community confinement, 3 years’ supervised probation, a $60,000 fine, and ordered her to make restitution of $267,301 to SSA. 
Tue, 09/20/2011