For those that are unable to work due to a disability or illness, Social
Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a valuable resource to help prevent
individuals from facing undue hardship as a result. When SSDI is being
claimed by those that do not truly need it, less is available to help
with the bills and medical expenses of those who do. Additionally, anyone
taking advantage of the system so they can avoid working is defrauding
the Social Security Administration and the taxpayers that pay into SSDI.
This is considered a serious crime and should be reported right away.
What if I suspect SSDI fraud?
If SSDI fraud is suspected, there are actions someone can take to report
it. It is important to know that civil and criminal penalties can result
from any fraud accusation, and knowing whether or not someone is disabled
without the input of a seasoned medical professional is nearly impossible.
Additionally, someone that receives SSDI is allowed to work a minimal
amount, so someone that is working may not be committing fraud.
Some of the common ways SSDI fraud occurs is through:
- False or dishonest statements on the disability application
- Fraudulent, altered, or falsified documents
- Hiding important information
- Cashing the checks of a deceased person
- Misuse of benefits
If any of these are suspected, contacting the Social Security Administration
is the first step. This can be done online, through the mail, over the
phone, or by sending a fax. Information and details must be included,
such as the name of the person committing the fraud, their address, phone
number, birth date, and Social Security number. A detailed description
of how SSDI fraud is suspected, with any applicable dates or names.
If someone is convicted of SSDI fraud, they can face up to 5 years in jail
and $250,000 in fines, as well as civil charges that may result. If you
or a loved one have been accused of SSDI fraud, you will need experienced
legal counsel to guide you through this process. With nearly 20 years
of experience serving Texas residents, The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC can
help prove your case and defend you from fraud charges.
Our firm offers a free online case evaluation so fill one out today!