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Lawmakers Discuss Stricter Social Security Disability Check Distribution


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12/16/2011
Brent Adams
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Are all Social Security disability checks getting to the people who they are meant for? A shocking case of alleged kidnapping and fraud now has lawmakers wondering whether authorities should do more to make certain that disability checks get into the right hands and are used for the right purposes.

Currently, Social Security disability recipients who are not physically or mentally able to collect or spend their check may have a representative payee collect the money. While they must pledge to use the money on the disabled person in question and while they are not allowed to be felons, both requirements are self-reporting.

Now, a number of Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee are calling for stricter requirements and more enforcement by the Social Security Administration. The call for better security comes after a convicted felon and several of her associates allegedly kept several mentally disabled Social Security recipients in deplorable conditions against their will – while cashing their disability checks.

Today, there are over five million representative payees in the United States who collect $61 billion each year. Although each payee is made to report how they spend the funds, little enforcement takes place.

Do you have a legal question regarding Social Security disability payments in North Carolina? Contact a Raleigh disability attorney today about your case.



Category: Social Security Disability


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