10 Ways Disability Fraud Has Cost Taxpayers Millions

Report cites specific examples of Social Security fraud that total more than $8 million
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Incompetence at the Social Security Administration (SSA) has cost taxpayers millions, according to a new report that highlights cases of easily identifiable fraud in the program.

Committee Reveals Widespread Disability Scheme

Lawyer made millions off of fraudulent disability claims
Senator Tom Coburn at Goldman Sachs hearings / AP

A Kentucky lawyer made millions off Social Security disability programs, devising a scheme with a judge to approve fraudulent claims at an “assembly-line” rate.

A two-year investigation led by Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.), ranking member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, revealed a case of coordinated fraud responsible for the approval of billions in claims.

Experts: No Appetite for Social Security Disability Reform

Lawmakers unlikely to push reforms with 11M Americans on disability
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Though nearly 11 million Americans are collecting disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA), and its trust fund is expected to be exhausted by 2016, there is little desire to reform the programs on Capitol Hill.

Veterans Face Vexing Problems

Advocates call for change to fix years-long backlogs of disability claims by vets
Blinded Veterans Association / AP

Veterans’ advocates and lawmakers called Thursday for an “evolution” in the way the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) handles disability claims amid reports of often multi-year delays for veterans seeking benefits.

Insecure Social Security

House Oversight Committee investigating fraud and waste in Social Security program
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Fraud could be a major reason that the number of people enrolled in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) has risen so dramatically over the past 10 years, according to two letters written by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Disabled Nation

More Americans Receiving Disability Insurance than Finding Jobs
Wheelchair nation

A report from the Congressional Budget Office today showed that over the last three months more Americans have begun receiving Social Security Disability Insurance than have found jobs.