Social Security disability pays monthly benefits to people meeting the federal requirements for total disability. Individuals with short-term or partial disability aren't eligible for these benefits. To qualify, a person's disability must last at least one year or until death, according to a physician's prognosis. Of course, there are always people who will try to cheat the system. If you suspect someone is committing Social Security disability fraud, you can report him.
Making the Report
To report suspected Social Security disability fraud, contact the Social Security Administration's Office of the Inspector General. You may report fraud anonymously, but the OIG website notes that such anonymity can limit its ability to thoroughly conduct an investigation. You can report fraud on the OIG website at oig.ssa.gov/report. You can also call the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or mail your report to the Social Security Fraud Hotline, P.O. Box 17785, Baltimore MD 21235. You must fill out a fraud report, which can be accessed on the OIG website.
A graduate of New York University, Jane Meggitt writes regularly for various legal blogs. Her work has appeared in LegalZoom, USA Today and many other publications.