Feds Sent $17 Billion In Disability Payments To Unqualified, Prisoners And The Dead

Article posted on June 19th, 2015 by WhatAmIMissingHere

DID YOU KNOW? red Rubber Stamp over a white background. BasicEDITOR’S COMMENT: Even though President Obama promised during his 2008 Presidential Campaign and in a special new effort announced in 2010 to “Crack Down on Waste, Fraud and Abuse” throughout the federal government, it is obvious that rooting out fraud and waste does not occupy any special priority with this administration. In fact, Obama and his administrators, when questioned on this, seemed to look the other way. Yet, this fraud and waste is costing the American taxpayers huge amounts of funds that could be redirected to more beneficial uses.

By Derek Hunter

A Social Security Administration (SSA) audit has discovered nearly $17 billion in overpayments made to beneficiaries between 2003 and 2014. The report sampled 1,532 beneficiaries and found 44.5 percent of them received too much in payments, were no longer disabled, were in prison or had died.

Of the $16.8 billion in erroneous payments, the report found $8.1 billion had been recovered, leaving a net loss for taxpayers of $8.7 billion over the decade the report covered. It also found the “SSA prevented about $8 billion in overpayments” over the same period.

The sample group of 1,532 studied was found to have received $2.9 million in erroneous overpayments. More than $1 million was paid to group members who had a “work activity or income change,” $691,033 was paid to people who had the medical situation that made them eligible, $216,070 were in prison or fugitives, and $209,643 in payments were made to people who had died.

Of those studied, SSA found only two beneficiaries who were underpaid.   (my emphasis)

READ all of Derek Hunter’s comments from the Daily Caller here.

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