Early this month Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Carolyn W. Colvin, announced the Social Security Administration would be establishing a centralized fraud prevention group within New York City. The group consists of experienced disability examiners who will be tasked with identifying potential fraud and detecting fraud trends which can then be applied to cases throughout the United States.
Think it’s tough to get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits? Apparently it may be as simple as bribing the right Social Security Administration employee. CNN reports, one Social Security Administration (SSA) employee has been charged with demanding and receiving $55,000 in kickbacks from Washington D.C. SSI recipients to approve disability applications for those seeking disability benefits.
According to a recent CNN report “the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services doled out $23 million in benefits to 17,403 deceased beneficiaries in 2011. The audit was done by cross-referencing Medicare recipients with Social Security death records from 2009 to 2011.” This about Medicare fraud is not welcome, especially given its role in helping administer the Obamacare website.
It’s not unusual for the average American to feel very little impact from the government shutdown. In fact, a friend of mine told me he talked to a woman at work who didn’t even know the government was shutdown. But for millions of other Americans the impact will be more than just an inconvenience, especially if the shutdown is prolonged.