"Doesn't Necessarily Mean You're Fine"
Three years into retirement, William Dunn of Rochester thought all was going well. Then he received a nine-page letter from the Social Security Administration that caught him off guard.
The letter, dated May 11, said he'd been overpaid and owed the administration $6,114....
"I've been enjoying retirement too much to work," he said. "I knew something was messed up."
Dunn appealed the letter and is waiting for the administration's investigation to be complete....
Carmen Moreno, communications director for Social Security in the Chicago region, said, "Just because you're getting benefits doesn't necessarily mean they're fine."
If you went only by what you heard from Social Security's Office of Inspector General you would believe that overpayments happen only because of fraud by claimants. There is some of that, but there is also a lot of what happened to Mr. Dunn.