As a Social Security disability attorney with Rubin Guttman & Associates, I sometimes hear frustrated clients report that a neighbor, a distant relative, or an acquaintance is collecting disability benefits from a phony claim. Maybe the “disabled” person claims serious back injuries and chronic pain but is seen doing heavy yard work. Other times I hear about people who are addicts or just unwilling to work like the rest of us. Still other supposedly disabled individuals are described as double dipping — they collect disability benefits while working nearly full time or under the table! The underlying feeling is, “it’s just not fair.” And our clients are right, it’s not fair for a person who is not entitled to Social Security disability benefits to defraud the government and collect benefits. Help may be on the way.
According to an October article in The Fiscal Times, Congress is moving forward to enact laws which will crack down on Social Security disability fraud. The new laws include strong criminal and civil penalties for violators. The proposed laws could impact the roughly 11 million disabled beneficiaries of the Social Security disability program. Continue reading