The Social Security Administration put Huntington, West Virginia, administrative law judge David B. Daugherty on paid leave Thursday and escorted him out of his office after a Wall Street Journal article exposed his nearly 100-percent approval rate on the disability appeals that came across his desk in 2010 and 2011.
In the first six months of 2011, Daugherty awarded benefits to each of the 729 disability cases he decided, and in 2010 he denied benefits to only 4 out of 1,284 cases he decided.
On the day the article ran, the agency seized Daugherty’s computer and interviewed his colleagues.
Daugherty has worked for the agency since 1990. He is one of 1,500 judges who decide Social Security Disability appeals in cases where an applicant has been denied at least twice.
In an interview on Thursday Daugherty said he had “no idea” why he was put on leave and that it was “pretty much coincidence” that he’d approved all of his cases.
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