Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a great program providing benefits to people who have suffered from a severe medical condition due to which they have become unable to resume their job. If you have been employed and paid your income tax, this means you have made payments for SSDI converge. However, sometimes people try to fabricate their medical condition, and opt for fraudulent ways to collect SSD benefits. Because of this, people who are eligible and in dire need of this monetary support usually suffer and are deprived of their right to receive said support.
Determining whether a person is being unfair and taking advantage of the system is often difficult, and sometimes leads to false accusation. It is imperative that before you report someone of an alleged fraud, you thoroughly investigate the matter and have solid evidence backing as to how they are tricking the SSA.
Examples of SSDI Fraud
Several different ways have been discovered of SSD fraud up till now. Here are some common examples to help you understand what constitutes as a scam:
- Fabricated Documents: It will be fraud if a falsified document is forged leading to misapprehension, like a Social Security card on which information has been altered.
- Inaccurate Statements: If a person simply gives misinformation and makes false statements on their disability application, like they have a certain medical condition or incorrect value of income, it will be considered as fraud.
- Fraud by a Representative Payee: The SSA appoints a payee to ensure the funds are used for taking care of needs and welfare of the beneficiaries with disabilities. If such a person misuses these funds, that will be fraud.
- Hiding Important Information: This is another form of fraud where a person conceals information, like not reporting recovery or improvement in their medical condition, to continue receiving benefits.
Reporting SSDI Fraud
If you suspect someone is committing fraud against the SSA, there are a number of ways you can report that person. You can start by calling (800) 269-0271, which is a toll-free number to the Office of the Inspector General, and explain the entire situation with all the reasons behind your suspicion. If you are confident and have all the facts supporting your claim, you can report the person committing fraud via its website by filling an online form. The mailing address, the hotline number, and a FAX number can also be found on the website.
It is advisable you provide as much information about that person, such as name, address, birth date, phone number, and Social Security number. Moreover, explain how the person is committing fraud, names of other people who may be aware of their scheme, and an estimate of the time since they have claiming these benefits.
You have the option to file your report as anonymous, but it is recommended you provide your personal information. This will allow the SSA to contact you and ask for more information to help with their investigation.
Harold W. Conick & Associates Ltd has been successfully representing clients for over 30 years to get their rightful benefits. Contact us today at (800) 608-8881 to schedule a consultation with our Social Security disability attorney.