OIG Audit – SSA (Social Security Administration) and their RAMPANT Fraud, Waste and Theft

Researched by Lisa Evans Rockwell

Semi Annual AUDIT of the Social Security Administration (SSA) 10/1/17 Through 03/31/18
The SSA division is massive and this Audit matches it in size. There are 15 Audits within THIS Audit.

That being said, I’m only going to cover a SAMPLING of WHAT the OIG found in it’s Audit.
The amount of Faud, Waste and Theft is absolutley STAGGERING in this Audit.

The SSA pays out over 1 Trillion/YR to app 71 Million people per month.

According to the Audit:

👉Last year, the SSA made $7.8 Billion in OVER PAYMENTS.
The IG found $283,769,643 in questioned costs. Questioned costs are those costs that are challenged because of a violation of law, regulation, etc

A complete breakdown of the Questioned costs from October 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018 can be found on Page 51.
The IG also found an additional $10,021,154 in funds that could be put to better use.

A breakdown of these funds from October 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018 can be found on Page 52.

👉The IG also reports as a result of the 6 month Audit there were:

  • 110 Arrests
  • 308 Indictments/Informations
  • 404 Criminal Convictions
  • 42 Civil Actions/Civil Monetary Penalties

Let’s look at the First Division that was Audited:

👉SSA CONTINUES TO PAY BENEFITS TO INDIVIDUALS REMOVED FROM THE UNITED STATES

➡SSA is paying THOUSANDS of people ILLEGAL Benefits who the DHS HAS REPORTED TO THE SSA have been removed form the US. These people HAVE NO RIGHT TO COLLECT SSA BENEFITS.
The OIG took the names reported by the DHS and crossed them with SSA benefits.

We’ll look at 3 of those samplings, here is what was found:

  • ➡From the First Sampling:
    Of 24 reported by DHS, the IG determined SSA paid $180,930 in OASDI benefits to 14 of them.
    So, those 14 individuals are collecting $12,923.57 EACH IN ILLEGAL BENEFITS.
  • ➡From the Second Sampling:
    Of 68 reported by DHS, SSA overpaid $43,460 in OASDI benefits to ONE individual and overpaid $188,850 in OASDI benefits to four others who were not lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States, according to SSA’s payment records.
    So in this sampling the SSA IS PAYING $43,460.00 IN ILLEGAL BENEFITS TO ONE PERSON….AND paid 4 other individuals $47,212.50 EACH IN ILLEGAL BENEFITS.
  • ➡From the Third sampling:
    Of 55 reported by DHS, we determined SSA overpaid $247,397 in OASDI benefits to six beneficiaries who were deported after July 31, 2010 and did not meet criteria for continued eligibility
    So in this sampling, 6 individuals are being paid $41,232.83 EACH IN ILLEGAL BENEFITS.

➡The IG found SSA is still paying an additional 1,746 individuals Illegal benefits. No dollar amount was listed for those individuals in the Audit.

ARE YOU HOPPIN MAD YET?🤷 NO? Ok, let’s keep digging!

The next Sections are more Fraud and Theft the OIG found. These reports start on Page 21.

👉Disability Insurance Fraud.

Here is a sampling of what the OIG found:

  • 🔼WOMAN CONCEALS WORK ACTIVITY AS PRIVATE CARETAKER WHILE COLLECTING DISABILITY BENEFITS
  • 🔼BENEFICIARY DEFRAUDS SSA BY WORKING WHILE RECEIVING DISABILITY BENEFITS
  • 🔼WOMAN HIDES EARNINGS USING HUSBAND’S SSN

👉Next Section: SSI Fraud. Here is a sampling of what the OIG found:

  • 🔼WOMAN CONCEALS LIVING ARRANGEMENT FROM SSA
  • 🔼WOMAN CONCEALS MARRIAGE TO RECEIVE SSI

👉Next Section: Representative Payee Fraud. Here is a sampling of what the OIG found:

  • 🔼MOTHER STEALS CHILD’S BENEFITS
  • 🔼MOTHER DEFRAUDS SSA BY CONCEALING HER SON’S LIVING ARRANGEMENT
  • 🔼FATHER STEALS HIS CHILDREN’S BENEFITS

👉Next Section: Employee Fraud. Here is a sampling of what the OIG found:

  • 🔼SSA EMPLOYEE FALSIFIES RECORDS
  • 🔼SSA EMPLOYEE COLLUDES WITH BROTHER TO DEFRAUD SSA

👉Next Section: Deceased Payee Fraud. Here is a sampling of what the OIG found:

  • 🔼DAUGHTER FRAUDULENTLY COLLECTS MOTHER’S RETIREMENT BENEFITS
  • 🔼MAN TAKES HIS DECEASED BROTHER’S SSI PAYMENTS

👉Next Section: SSN Misuse. Here is a sampling of what the OIG found:

  • 🔼INMATE COLLECTS SSI USING ANOTHER IDENTITY
  • 🔼MAN RECEIVES SSI UNDER ONE SSN, WORKS UNDER ANOTHER

👉Next Section: Deceased Payee Cases. Here is a sampling of what the OIG found:

  • 🔼LAS VEGAS MAN FRAUDULENTLY CONVERTED DECEASED FATHER’S RETIREMENT BENEFITS
  • 🔼ILLINOIS SON WITHDREW AND USED DECEASED FATHER’S SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

STILL NOT SMOKIN MAD?🤷 Let’s try THIS section, DEAD PEOPLE COLLECTING BENEFITS!

👉Next Section: DECEASED BENEFICIARIES

When SSA receives a death report, it terminates the decedent’s benefits, records the date of death on the Numident2 and payment records, and initiates recovery for any payments issued after death

➡The IG reported THOUSANDS of cases of Over Payment, but the SSA FAILED to do anything about them.
From the Audit ” SSA stated it produced alerts for the date-of-death discrepancies we identified; however, it had not taken action to resolve them”

🚨SSA DID NOT correct the date-of-death discrepancies for 9,500 (88 percent) of the 10,764 deceased beneficiaries identified during the audit.🚨

Links to Individual Dept Audits can be found on Pages 49-50. These Audits are the DETAILED REPORTS of the above Section’s I gave Samplings for.

The Sections of Fraud and Waste just go on and on. You get the point, the Fraud and Waste is UNREAL and has gone UNCHECKED FOR DECADES.

Keep in mind ALL of this was uncovered in just a 6 month period. Imagine HOW BAD IT REALLY IS if we go back 10-20 years.

We have Illegals, Prisoners and Dead people collecting Hundreds of Millions in Benefits yearly, ILLEGALLY.
We all know the SS Trust Fund, which at one time held over 3 Trillion dollars, has been robbed by Politicians FOR YEARS.

And what are we left with? We’re left with a load of useless IOU’s.
Couple that with the rampant the Fraud, Waste and Theft occurring in every Dept within the SSA, it’s no wonder Americans are mad as hell and worried about their retirements.

We were bleeding money 10 years ago, now it’s gone to full throttle hemorrhage and all the politicians want to do is slap a Band Aid on a Gun Shot Wound.

While we slave away everyday paying our taxes like good Americans, the Politicians seem to be scheming non stop on how to dole benefits out to those who aren’t even eligible to receive them and NO ONE has seemed inclined to STOP ALL THIS MADNESS UNTIL PRESIENT TRUMP CAME ALONG.

We need accountability at the SSA NOW.

READ THE WHOLE 93 PAGE REPORT HERE

Audit
We issued 22 reports and made recommendations on various challenges facing SSA. In these reports, we identified over $283 million in questioned costs and more than $10 million in Federal funds that could be put to better use.

In one report, we identified 72,434 SSI recipients with over-reported earnings alerts pending longer than 6 months as of November 2016. From this population, we reviewed a random sample of 200 recipients. Of these, we determined that SSA made improper payments, totaling approximately $139,000, to 104 recipients (52 percent). Based on our sample results, we estimated $50 million in improper payments.

Investigations
During the reporting period, we received more than 89,000 allegations from SSA employees, Congress, the public, law enforcement agencies, and other sources. OIG agents closed more than 3,000 criminal investigations, and reported 110 arrests, over 300 indictments and informations, over 400 criminal convictions (including pretrial diversions), and over 40 civil judgments or Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) assessments. We are reporting over $165 million in investigative accomplishments, including over $39 million in SSA recoveries, restitution, fines, settlements, and judgments

SOURCE:  Lisa Evans Rockwell

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