The Social Security Administration, along with the Office of Inspector General and Rhode Island Attorney General, recently announced that the agency will have a new division in the state – the Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit – and that two full investigators will be employed under it, the San Antonio Express-News reported on March 29.
The new division will serve as a more intensive arm of the agency when it comes to investigating fraudulent Social Security benefit claims. Claims that examiners find suspicious or that aren’t supported by sufficient evidence may be investigated, so the agency can have another review before agreeing to payments.
It is also the CDI units’ job to find out if there were lawyers, doctors, or other experts who illegally helped the fraudulent claimant make the suspicious claim.
This development marks Rhode Island as the 24th state participating in the CDI program.
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