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Man convicted of receiving fraudulent Social Security Disability payments

by lmallernee | October 11th, 2012

Meeting your basic needs when you have little or no income can be a struggle, especially when you are trying to support your family or cope with a medical condition.

The Supplemental Security Income system exists to help when you’re in need, but unfortunately, some people try to cheat the system.

In Baltimore, Maryland, a man collected Social Security Disability benefits while working for the Social Security Administration has been convicted of fraud, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Facing up to 20 years in prison at his January 3 sentencing, the 50-year-old man was convicted Thursday in Baltimore of Social Security Disability insurance fraud, federal health benefit program fraud, and health care fraud.

He began receiving Social Security long-term disability benefits in 1996, according to evidence presented at his trial. At that time, he also began receiving Medicare benefits as a result of his disability and a low-income subsidy for prescription drugs.

Then the man went back to work in 1996, and eleven years later in 2007, he actually got a job as benefits authorizer with the Social Security Administration, where he worked on cases pertaining to long-term disability benefits, prosecutors say.

It was determined that the man has been overpaid more than $150,000 in Social Security disability insurance benefits and in federal health care benefits.

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