What Is Social Security Disability Fraud?
What is Social Security Disability fraud? Social Security disability fraud is any situation in which a person is receiving Social Security disability benefits under false pretenses. Social Security disability fraud can take many forms. There are several categories of fraud as classified by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Here are some examples of activities within these categories that would be considered fraudulent.
False statements on disability claims. If a person makes inaccurate statements on their Social Security application in order to receive benefits, this constitutes fraud. Examples include a person claiming not to be married when he or she actually is married, claiming to have a disability that he or she does not actually have, or claiming to receive less income than he or she actually does.
- Concealing material facts or events that affect eligibility for benefits. This means that a person does not inform the SSA of certain facts that may affect his benefits, like being in jail or returning to work. This category also includes collecting benefits for a person who is deceased.
- Misuse of benefits by a representative payee. A representative payee is a person named by SSA to handle the financial affairs of a person who is no longer able to do so. If the representative payee misspends these benefits or keeps the money for himself, this constitutes fraud.
If you suspect Social Security disability fraud, it is important to report this information to the Office of Inspector General using the Fraud Hotline. For more information on how to report fraud, you can visit www.ssa.gov/oig/hotline/index.htm.