Nightline Story On OIG Investigations
ABC's Nightline ran a report either Thursday or Friday night on the work that Social Security's Office of Inspector General (OIG) does in pursuing those who lie to obtain or to continue receiving Social Security disability benefits. No grand schemes are revealed, just the sort of behavior that's inevitable whenever money is involved.
I do have a couple of complaints about the written version of the story. First, the number of disability claims being filed is going down, not up as the story claims. Second and probably more important in this kind of story, there's nothing illegal about working while trying to go on Social Security disability benefits or trying to stay on those benefits. You get in trouble when you fail to reveal that work. They want disabled people to try to work. There are complex rules about work activity and Social Security disability benefits. Many people legitimately receive Social Security disability benefits while working. No one should assume that there is something illegal going on when a person receiving Social Security disability benefits is working. There's nothing illegal going on in most cases.
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