People who fake disabilities to get paid are part of an exploding entitlement program.
Here in St. Louis, the fakers contribute to the backlog, which forces people with real disabilities to wait up to two years to get approved.
In fact, the downtown St. Louis Social Security Administration office has the longest wait time for a disability ruling appeal in the country.
So the SSA is increasing efforts to bust the phonies. ...
Meanwhile the St. Louis CDI unit, of Cooperative Disability Investigations unit, is busting people like one man who applied for disability claiming constant pain, problems with sitting, standing and walking.
But he was caught on video walking his dogs, carrying an amplifier and guitar, and helping to push a woman into a truck.
Another man applied for disability claiming severe back and shoulder pain.
But later he was caught on video at football practice where he’s seen stretching, and throwing around the pigskin.
Online the SSA posts these videos and others showing the fraud.
Those who actually adjudicate these claims or who represent these claimants know that fraud is a tiny part of the Social Security disability programs but those who want to believe otherwise will never listen.People who applied for disability, like a man spotted wrestling in the ring, or a man who uses a cane inside the Social Security office lobby, but then seems fine when he’s loading furniture in a dumpster, or sweeping leaves off his roof.