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Overseas Welfare Recipients Illegally Getting Millions

Posted by on Oct. 26, 2015 at 5:24 PM
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Social Security Administration officials paid ineligible welfare recipients who live outside the U.S. more than $1.5 million in recent years, a new SSA Office of Inspector General report estimates.

Federal law prohibits people living abroad from accepting Social Security Insurance, the taxpayer-funded program for disabled citizens and low-income adults over age 65. SSI, which requires no work history, differs from the Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance Program (OASDI) that most Americans pay into during their working years and begin receiving upon retirement.

The IG estimated the agency improperly paid about $1.1 million to 246 SSI recipients using a single Puerto Rico bank from December 2010 to April 2015.

“We identified 1,196 SSI recipients who received SSA payments direct deposited into bank accounts outside the United States,” the IG said. “Based on our review of bank records for randomly selected recipients, we estimate SSA issued approximately $1.1 million in improper SSI payments to 246 individuals who lived in Puerto Rico and received payments direct deposited into accounts at Bank ‘A.’ We also estimate that SSA issued $379,295 in improper payments from May 2014 through April 2015 and will continue issuing improper payments without corrective action.”

The IG didn’t investigate each of the 1,196 SSI recipients who banked outside the U.S in that period, but 1,171 used Puerto Rico or Virgin Islands banks. A handful of recipients routed payments to banks in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Poland, India, Canada and Hungary.

“SSA personnel did not timely respond to foreign address alerts generated on these records,” the IG found.

The IG said the agency needs to investigate residency when SSI payments go through foreign banks, and occasionally re-verify recipients’ residency. SSA officials agreed.




http://dailycaller.com/2015/10/26/overseas-welfare-recipients-illegally-getting-millions/
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Healthystart30
by Gold Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 5:32 PM
I say let them stay and keep paying them. They are low income and retirement age. If they live overseas they don't get healthcare, food stamps, low income housing or a spot at retirement homes in the U.S. I'm sure it's more expensive to try to go after them then to just leave them be.
broboxer
by Platinum Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 5:34 PM
As long as they stop getting $$, I'm for that.

Quoting Healthystart30: I say let them stay and keep paying them. They are low income and retirement age. If they live overseas they don't get healthcare, food stamps, low income housing or a spot at retirement homes in the U.S. I'm sure it's more expensive to try to go after them then to just leave them be.
Healthystart30
by Gold Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 5:36 PM
Quoting broboxer: As long as they stop getting $$, I'm for that.

Quoting Healthystart30: I say let them stay and keep paying them. They are low income and retirement age. If they live overseas they don't get healthcare, food stamps, low income housing or a spot at retirement homes in the U.S. I'm sure it's more expensive to try to go after them then to just leave them be.
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For what?
Luvnlogic
by Platinum Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 5:36 PM
Puerto Ricans aren't eligible? They are US Citizens. Man, they get screwed all around.
broboxer
by Platinum Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 5:40 PM
Sorry, I should have been more clear. I'm for not going after the recipients if they are retired or low income as long as they stop receiving benefits they're not entitled to.

Quoting Healthystart30:
Quoting broboxer: As long as they stop getting $$, I'm for that.

Quoting Healthystart30: I say let them stay and keep paying them. They are low income and retirement age. If they live overseas they don't get healthcare, food stamps, low income housing or a spot at retirement homes in the U.S. I'm sure it's more expensive to try to go after them then to just leave them be.
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For what?
atlmom2
by Gold Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 5:43 PM

They are US citizens in a US colony with hardly any rights.  They have rights to be in our military and no voting rights.  

Quoting Luvnlogic: Puerto Ricans aren't eligible? They are US Citizens. Man, they get screwed all around.


Luvnlogic
by Platinum Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 5:49 PM
Yeah, that's ridiculous. 😔

Quoting atlmom2:

They are US citizens in a US colony with hardly any rights.  They have rights to be in our military and no voting rights.  

Quoting Luvnlogic: Puerto Ricans aren't eligible? They are US Citizens. Man, they get screwed all around.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Oct. 26, 2015 at 5:55 PM

PR- my money was going to be on American Samoa.

Seems these folks are US citizens have few rights.

marchantmom06
by Gold Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 6:19 PM
Are they paying into SS? If so, who cares?
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