There are not enough ways to say outrage, prisoners getting paid by fed

Feds Paid Prisoners $1 Million in Disability Payments

Average received $2,322 each
BY: Elizabeth Harrington | October 21, 2013 | Freebeacon

The Social Security Administration (SSA) gave more than $1 million in improper disability benefits to 440 prisoners, according to the inspector general.

The Inspector General for the SSA (IG) based its report on a sample of 100 beneficiaries, and found that one-fourth had improperly received disability while they were incarcerated.

“SSA issued improper DI benefit payments to beneficiaries for periods they were in correctional institutions,” the report said. “Of the 100 sample cases we reviewed, SSA appropriately took action to suspend DI benefit payments for 75 beneficiaries who had periods of conviction and incarceration, but overpaid DI benefits to the remaining 25 sample beneficiaries.”

“Based on this sample, we estimate SSA overpaid about $1 million to 440 beneficiaries,” the IG said.

Roughly 317 prisoners received $879,000 in disability insurance, and 123 more were paid $143,000 despite the SSA having suspended their benefits. A total of $1,022,000 erroneous payments were made.

One man was able to collect $22,056 in disability benefits while he was imprisoned in Staten Island, N.Y. from February 2009 to November 2010. Overall, the 440 prisoners received an average of $2,322 in payments.

The IG crosschecked recipients with the Prisoner Update Processing System (PUPS), the agency’s database for incarcerated individuals, finding 1,761 beneficiaries who had received disability and were imprisoned within the last decade. The IG then used a sample from the group to determine its findings.

None of the prisoners were convicted as a result of an insanity plea or mental health issue, the IG said. Numerous mental health disorders are covered for disability by SSA, including schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, and motor tension.

“During our review, we did not identify any individuals who were convicted and found not guilty by reason of insanity, guilty but insane, incompetent to stand trial, or had a similar findings based on similar factors, such as mental disease or incompetence,” the report said.

Social Security benefits are not eligible to prisoners. The agency even has a brochure, entitled, “What Prisoners Need to Know,” advising criminals that their benefits are supposed to be suspended.

“Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments generally are not payable for months that you are confined to a jail, prison or certain other public institutions for commission of a crime,” the agency explains. “You are not automatically eligible for Social Security or SSI payments when you are released.”

“The fact that a person is a recent parolee or is unemployed does not qualify as a disability,” they said.

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It took an IG to uncover this going on? Where is Congressional oversight in all this? The scope of it is pretty shameful.


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10 Responses to There are not enough ways to say outrage, prisoners getting paid by fed

  1. Hardnox says:

    Outrageous is polite. George Carlin’s words come to mind. Is anyone surprised? Mind you the asshats that issued these funds also will be administering ObamaScare.

    The goobermint hasn’t been able to correct Welfare Fraud, Medicare Fraud, or Social Security Fraud for decades. There isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell that ObamaScare will be different.

    Thanks for putting this up. It highlights a lot of things.

    • bullright says:

      Great points, Hardnox. We shall see unlimited abuse under the name “healthcare”. What better heading to conceal fraud under? And in SO many ways too. I think they finally found the holy grail. And McConnell already broke the ice.

  2. Kathy says:

    Meanwhile, we will use the Air Force to fly the entire Congress to a funeral in Florida tomorrow.. They can’t pay the old folks, but they can pay undeserving prisoners. Disgusted doesn’t begin to cover it.

    • bullright says:

      Thanks for that Kathy. They wasted no time throwing more dung in our faces. They had a whole 1 1/2 day week. That said they paid the 50 million dollar Lautenberg heiress 174,000 but couldn’t pay fallen soldiers’ families. Its a new disgust.

  3. upaces88 says:

    I know you already know this…that cannot be an accident. There would be too many steps to key into a computer program for it to be just a huge “oops!”

  4. And Veterans are denied benefits earned in military service, or at a very minimal rate.
    I begin to think that benefits come out of the doctors pockets, and / or they are issued bonuses for benefits denied – BOTH SSA and VA

  5. Mrs AL says:

    Well golly, Bullright, they are disabled. They are disabled to rob, rape, kill, etc. My goodness where is your compassion!

  6. Clyde says:

    Sounds like payoff to a democrat constituency to me.

  7. And to top it all off, there’s this, in today’s news,,,

    Pensions Ask Retirees to Pay Back Tens of Thousands

    Competence in Administration of public AND PRIVATE pension plans is a lost cause.