A Social Security number is required to get a job and collect Social Security benefits. To apply for a number and card, you must complete an application and show documents proving your U.S. citizenship, age, and identity.
A Waterbury, Connecticut, man was sentenced to 14 months in prison after he admitted to having two Social Security cards and numbers. He used these to steal nearly $200,000 in Social Security benefits, reports the Republican American.
The man was originally issued a Social Security card and number in 1958. Then in 1967, the man’s brother applied for a Social Security card using his brother’s name.
The Waterbury man then proceeded to collect Social Security disability and Social Security retirement checks using both Social Security numbers.
From 1996 to 2008, the man received $111,067 in Social Security disability payments although he continued to work, using the false Social Security number.
Using both numbers starting in 2008, the man received a total of $33,692 in Social Security retirement benefits.
Also the man illegally received about $53,000 in Social Security payments for his wife and four children, federal authorities claim.
The man has paid back more than $33,000 to the government; and as part of an agreement with federal authorities, he will also pay back the remainder of the stolen money.
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