The Three Ways You Can Commit Social Security Disability Fraud
There are three common ways that Social Security Disability fraud occurs:
1. False statements. When you apply for Social Security Disability, you complete an application that Social Security relies on in evaluating your Social Security Disability claim. If, for example, you claim you are disabled when, in fact you are working, that is an example of fraud.
2. Concealing the truth, you are obligated to the tell the truth to the Social Security Administration even after you are awarded benefits. You must be truthful in your Social Security Disability application and, even after you are awarded benefits. If, for example, you attempt to go back to work and you fail to tell the Social Security Administration you are potentially could be engaging in fraudulent activity. The Social Security Administration does allow a trial work period, you just need to tell them you are doing it.
3. If you have a payee mis-handling your affairs, particularly if your disability is based on a psychiatric problem. If your payee mis-spends your money or keeps the money for themselves, that’s Social Security Disability fraud.
Don’t the fraud go unreported. The Office of Inspector General has a fraud hotline. Fraud hurts all Americans. If you know about Social Security Disability fraud, you can report it by contacting The Office of Inspector General at www.ssa.gov/oig/hotline/index.htm.