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New Jersey man indicted for selling fake Social Security cards

by Staff | October 28th, 2012

Apparently for some people in search of a legal U.S. identity, all that is needed is a birth date, name of their choosing, a photo, and cash. On charges that he allegedly made and sold fake Social Security and U.S. permanent resident cards from his home, an Ocean Township, New Jersey, man was indicted on April 2, according to NJ.com.

After an investigation by the Monmounty County Prosecutor’s Office, township police, and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, authorities raided an Aldrin Road residence and seized laminates, computers, and other materials on February 2, said county Prosecutor Peter Warshaw in a statement.

On Monday, April 2, a Monmouth County Grand Jury in Freehold, New Jersey, handed up an indictment.

Charged with 16 counts of manufacturing and selling fake government documents, the 36-year-old man faces up to 10 years in prison for each count, said Warshaw.

To get their documents, customers who came to his home were required to supply a name and birth date of their choice and a passport-sized photograph, Warshaw said.

Prices were based on the types of documents that were being created.

Currently being held at the Monmouth County jail, the accused man is presently out of business. His bail is $250,000.

How many places that produce fake Social Security cards exist in our country today?

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If you or someone you know needs help with Social Security Disability benefits, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.

Opening remarks at the Social Security subcommittee

by Staff | March 21st, 2012

On March 20, Representative Xavier Becerra (D.–CA)  made a speech on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to a Social Security (SS) subcommittee on ways and means, reports Insurance News.

The following are some excerpts about SSDI from his opening remarks:

“Mr. Chairman, thank you for calling this third hearing in our series examining the Social Security Disability Insurance system.

“Social Security Disability (DI) is an earned benefit – only Americans who work and pay into the system can receive benefits if they suffer a work-ending disability.

“Requirements for receiving benefits are very tough – only the very sickest and most disabled Americans qualify

“DI benefits aren’t very generous – a typical worker receives about $13,000 a year – but because they are too sick to work at all, the benefits are a lifeline for these Americans and their families.

“Social Security’s operating budget is lower today than it was in 2010.

“The state SS offices which evaluate applications have lost more than 10 percent of their staff compared to last year . . . the backlog of people waiting for a decision is currently about 750,000 disabled individuals.

“The Social Security Administration receives over 3 million applications for disability benefits a year – an average of nearly 13,000 claims a day. Right now, it takes SSA an average of 111 days to make a decision on a disability application.”

Under such circumstances, do you think that you may need a lawyer to help you with the SSDI process?

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If you or someone you know needs help with Social Security Disability benefits, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.