Social Security disability fraud is punishable with fines and time in prison. The Social Security system is designed to help those who are truly eligible and in need of benefits. Fraudulent Social Security claims can be discovered during eligibility reviews, tax audits, or when Social Security fraud is reported by an individual. Sometimes people fake a disability or condition in order to receive benefits. Some people may appear well, but they could be taking daily prescriptions or suffer mental health disorders that affect their ability to work. If you suspect someone is receiving benefits that they’re not entitled to, you have the ability to report fraud to the Social Security Administration.
Before you follow the steps below to report Social Security disability fraud, you must be absolutely certain that fraud is taking place. You may suffer consequences if you submit a fraud allegation that is unfounded. Our Raleigh, Fayetteville and Dunn Social Security disability lawyers are passionate about helping truly disabled individuals receive the compensation they are legally entitled to. If you are certain someone is committing Social Security fraud, here is how to report them:
- Collect as much information as possible about the suspect: legal name, residence, and contact info, date of birth and SS # if possible. (Extra information, like the person’s place of birth and their parents’ names, is extra helpful for investigators.)
- You need to have the reason why the suspect is receiving disability. It would help to have evidence to show why the suspect’s disability claim is invalid.
- You will need to provide your name and contact information to the fraud department when making your allegation. You can request to remain anonymous, but this could restrict the investigation and the SSA can better explain their disclosure requirements.
- You can report Social Security fraud online here.
- Alternatively, the SSA has a fraud hotline that is free to call: 800.269.0271
Social Security fraud happens in North Carolina. A woman in Lillington, NC, Sarita Davis Green, was found guilty of receiving almost $150,000 in fraudulent Social Security benefits. She must pay all of the funds back in restitution and will serve two years in prison (followed by three years of supervised release). Green used two different Social Security cards (one obtained fraudulently) for her employment and Social Security claims.