Judge Being Investigated for High Rate of Approval on Social Security Disability Appeals

by Staff | May 20th, 2011

After a Wall Street Journal exposé on the high rate at which administrative law judge David B. Daugherty approves Social Security Disability appeals claims, the U.S. Social Security Administration inspector general’s office has launched an investigation.

Daugherty is one of 1,000 judges tasked with reviewing appeals claims. On average these judges approve about 60 percent of appeals, but Daugherty reportedly approves 99.7%. The WSJ reports that in the first six months of 2011 the 75-year-old judge from Huntington, West Virginia, approved benefits in all 729 cases that came before him.

On Thursday investigators visited the Huntington Social Security Administration office, where they interviewed employees and removed at least one computer, according to The WSJ.

“We are currently conducting multiple investigations and expect to take appropriate action before too long,” said a spokesman for the Social Security Administration.

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