The Social Security Administration paid $1 billion in benefits to individuals who did not have a Social Security Number (SSN), according to a new audit.
The agency’s inspector general found errors in the government’s documentation for representative payees, otherwise known as individuals who receive retirement or disability payments on behalf of another person who is incapable of managing the benefits themselves.
The audit released Friday found thousands of cases where there was no SSN on file.
Over the last decade, the agency paid $1 billion to 22,426 representative payees who "did not have an SSN, and SSA had not followed its policy to retain the paper application."
“Furthermore, unless it takes corrective action, we estimate SSA will pay about $182.5 million in benefits, annually, to representative payees who do not have an SSN or paper application supporting their selection,” the inspector general said.
The inspector general also found the agency paid $853.1 million in benefits since 2004 to individuals who had been terminated as representative payees by the agency.
The inspector general said the errors occurred because the agency did not keep paper applications supporting an individual’s case to receive benefits on behalf of another and did not update its system if their status was terminated.
Only six percent of representative payees had SSNs that were properly recorded, based on the audit’s sample of 100 beneficiaries.
Government benefits are also going to illegal aliens through the representative payee system. 17 percent of representative payees in the sample did not have an SSN recorded because they were undocumented noncitizens, the inspector general said.
Reagan was right.
I would like to see that.........brick thing ha ha
THey ALSO 'BORROW' from it. If you were to check the records of Social Security, you would fine a ton of I.O.U.'s. Not a single one has been made good since the beginning.
The Social Security system was a communist gimmick to take people's money, bank it, and then give it to third world immigrants.
The day I went to the Social Security office, after retiring, I was the ONLY white person in the room. I heard other languages, I heard interpreters, the children were interpreting for their parents, who I suspect never put a dime in the system. It opened my eyes many years ago.
Social Security sounds good, but the politicians have been using it for other causes.
Social Security taxes are an illusion... they are being used to finance our government instead of being held in a lock box... the IOU's are not secured and are subject to liquidation upon bankruptcy. The 12.4% paid by all working Americans. This is an unconstitutional direct tax ... Disguised as a government run insurance and retirement program.
However, its promises are not underwritten by reserves held to guarantee such payments... like private insurers. In stead it is the worlds largest PONZI scheme and now that the numbers of new enrollees is in dramatic decline and the Baby Boomers are looking for payouts... the system is on the verge of collapse.
The government has borrowed from the social security trust... to finance its expenditures... there are only IOU's in the Social Security Trust Fund... If the government goes bankrupt or our currency become insolvent.... the IOU's in the Socials Security lock box will become worthless and any payments to social security recipients will be eaten up by hyper inflation or simply stop.
All of our taxes are direct, except sales tax, so they are all illegal plunder.
Absolutely TRUE! So let's get them OUT!
Take that same $1 billion out of the pension funds for Social Security Workers who let this happen.
That's a good idea start taking from all government workers.
Prosecute those receiving such benefits and as part of the penalty ... confiscate and sell all their assets, returning any funds to the Social Security Administration. All... ALL... payments made where no social security number exists should be STOPPED IMMIDIATELY and a criminal investigation started.
Any government employee found negligent or culpable in a crime should be fired and prosecuted... hold the bureaucracy responsible for not doing their jobs. Seize their retirement and any assets if they prove to be culpable.
this is Crazy stupid!