IG: Families fake disabilities to get $733 per month per kid

IG: Families fake disabilities to get $733 per month per kid

[Ed. – Good grief, I should be faking disabilities myself.  Must look into this.]

The Social Security Administration approved disability payments to children with fake disabilities, giving families over $700 each month per child.

The agency’s inspector general said families receiving cash benefits for multiple children raise red flags for fraud, identifying one case where a man was able to receive $77,000 a year in benefits claiming disabilities for all eight of his children.

The inspector general released an audit last week finding evidence that parents are “coaching” their children into pretending they are disabled in order to receive benefits. …

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[O]ne family received payments of up to $733 for six children diagnosed with ADD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Prescription drugs that treat ADHD can cost as little as $15 per month.

Another household was approved for five children all in the same day. …

Another family received benefits for 12 children, all for mental impairments. At the 2015 maximum payment amount of $733 per child, per month, the family could have received up to $8,796 per month, or over $100,000 per year.

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