Are 112 Year Olds Causing a $12 Billion Social Security Fraud for Taxpayers?

by Dorothy Jetter

Source: Americans for Tax Reform 

A recent watchdog review reports that the Social Security Administration has Social Security Numbers for 6.5 million people over the age of 112. Oddly enough, as of Fall 2014 there are only 42 people known to reach that age in recorded history.  

The oldest “beneficiary” with a Social Security Number is listed as being born in 1869, which would make them 146 years old in 2015.  This is 34 years older than the oldest human being ever documented. 

Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs explains: "It is incredible that the Social Security Administration in 2015 does not have the technical sophistication to ensure that people they know to be deceased are actually noted as dead."  This stolen information can be used to open bank accounts, file tax returns, and, of course, receive Social Security benefits.

The National Center for Policy Analysis reasons that reforms to the Social Security Disability Trust Fund could save taxpayers $12 billion annually. 

While, the SSDI Trust Fund is projected to run out in 2016, the agency sees no urgency to correct its egregious errors.  After a suggestion by the Inspector General to correct its death records, the SSA responded, "The recommendations would create a significant manual and labor-intensive workload and provide no benefit to the administration of our programs.”

 It seems odd that agency could even question the benefits of making an effort to stop fraudulent payments.  Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) made a statement that invalidates the SAA’s notion, "Every dollar that goes to over payments doesn't help someone in need.  Given the present financial situation of the Social Security Disability trust fund, the program cannot sustain billions of dollars lost to waste."

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