Handwritten records of disability payments complicate fraud detection

A report released by the Inspector General on Friday, September 12 showed that the Social Security Administration’s disability payment systems are very dependent on handwritten records, making it hard to weed out fraudulent claims.

Investigators said handwritten records, which make up a significant number of disability payment systems, make it harder for them to identify bogus claims, with the common result of overpayments.

The SSA has for a long time been dismissing accusations of massive fraud, claiming that the rate of false claims that it handles is only about 1% annually.

But the disability benefits system has come under major scrutiny after a wide-scale fraudulent disability benefit scheme was unveiled in New York City, Puerto Rico, and West Virginia just this year. The West Virginia case involved a disability administrative judge who allegedly approved several fraudulent claims with the help of an attorney.

A person who has a debilitating mental or physical condition can find the financial help he needs with the country’s Social Security disability benefits program. But it can be hard to navigate the Social Security process alone. If you need help with filing for disability benefits in San Antonio or other areas in Texas, call our attorneys of the Chris Mayo Law Firm by dialing 210-999-9999 today.


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