Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Social Security Disability, Going back to Work, and Fraud

What's the worst thing that can happen to you if you receive social security disability, go back to work, and do not report this income? Well, many disability benefit recipients find that 1. they are assessed an overpayment and 2. their benefits are stopped.

Typically, of course, a failure to report income is not fraudulent. I've spoken to many individuals who stated that they decided to test the waters and try working while on disability, reported their work activity, heard nothing back from social security, and were later notified that they owed a substantial overpayment (it is generally advisable to make more than one attempt to report one's work activity).

The article linked below, of course, is not typical. However, it does illustrate the worst that can happen if an individual goes back to work and does not report their income to the social security administration.

Man in Tennessee Man found guilty of Social Security Disability Fraud

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