Disability payments provide a safety net should someone become too ill to perform his or her job functions. The payments may be short term to cover an illness or condition that is expected to improve or long term for permanent disabilities. Disability fraud is a serious legal matter. Tax dollars go to support disability funds, so someone who is committing disability fraud is running afoul of federal statutes. The federal government has several reporting mechanisms for reporting suspected disability fraud. Even if you are not certain, it's best to report your suspicions and let the authorities proceed if they wish.
Gather the necessary information you believe constitutes disability fraud. For instance, make copies of pay stubs or work schedules, if available. Take note of your observations, such as an alleged disabled person participating in sports or someone collecting disability payments on a deceased person.
Create a time line of the fraud. Note when and where the fraud began and the suspect's actions.
Write an information sheet of the suspected fraud. Ideally, it should include the perpetrator's name, Social Security number, address, telephone number and date of birth and the same information on the victim. Note if anyone else is aware of the fraud, and include their information too.
Report the fraud to the Social Security Administration. Fax the information sheet and time line to 410-597-0118. Call 800-269-0271 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, or 866-501-2101 for the TTY number for the deaf or hard of hearing.
Mail the information as an alternative to faxing or calling. Include copies of the supporting documents you gathered, and mail the package to:
Social Security Fraud Hotline
P.O. Box 17785
Baltimore, MD 21235
Use the Office of the Inspector General's online Fraud Reporting Form as an alternative to mail, phone or fax. Fill out the form completely, providing as much information as possible.
- Give authorities all of the information you know, but do not be deterred if you lack certain pieces of data, such as the perpetrator's Social Security number.
- Request confidentiality at each step in the reporting process if you want it.
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