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Friday, May 20, 2022

[I]nflated fees were set in motion during the Trump administration, when Social Security Administration attorneys in charge of a little-known anti-fraud program run by the inspector general's office levied unprecedented fines against more than 100 beneficiaries without due process, according to interviews, documents and sworn testimony before an administrative law judge; failing to take into account someone's financial state, their age, their intentions and level of remorse, among other factors.

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Fines as high as hundreds of thousands of dollars were imposed on poor, disabled and elderly people, many of whom had no hope of ever being able to pay.

A Chicago woman was fined $132,000 after wrongly receiving as much as $10,618 in benefits, according to internal data of penalties and assessments obtained by The Post. A Denver woman was sanctioned $168,000 after cashing as much as $14,960 in wrongly received checks. A New Jersey woman is on the hook for nearly $435,000 after she accepted about $47,000 in benefits but failed to report a $120,000 house she inherited from her father and car loans she co-signed for her children, on what she said was a lawyer's advice.

Hurting and then piling on the people who need to be hurt since 2017. What a legacy.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-05-20 10:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Why didn't Trump run on this in 2020?

This is exactly the kind of "Hurting the people who need to be hurt" that The Deplorables want.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-05-20 11:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Why didn't Trump run on this in 2020?

Because the SSA does this routinely. WaPo is just cherry picking the years.

Like I said Snoofy, read more, think more, write less.

SSA is not authorized to seek restitution of fines or penalties imposed by the (criminal) court. In overpayment or follow-up notices to the convicted person, request only the amount of the overpayment.

#3 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-05-20 11:46 AM | Reply

How about you have a steaming cup of shut the ---- up?

#4 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-05-20 01:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What a thinker!

#5 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2022-05-20 02:38 PM | Reply

I knew Trump would hurt the poor and disabled but I didn't think he would be so quiet about it.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2022-05-20 03:29 PM | Reply

Over a seven-month period ending in mid-2019, 83 people were charged a total of $11.5 million, the documents obtained by The Post show - a jump from less than $700,000 for all of 2017. It is not clear whether that is a full accounting of those affected by the practice of imposing stepped-up fines, which was halted by the inspector general's office last year amid ongoing whistleblower complaints.
Anyone who tries to imply that nothing changed when Trumpers took over control of the bureaucracy are either extremely dumb, or simply scum for ignoring the details contained in this story proving the extent those with the least were intentionally targeted for fines and fees the government would never see.
Four years after her longtime partner died of kidney cancer, federal agents knocked on Gail Deckman's door outside Chicago and told her she was in trouble: She had kept thousands of dollars in Social Security disability benefits that should have stopped when he died.

Deckman told the agents she thought the $1,400 check deposited each month into an account to which she had access was a payment for land her partner had sold in Michigan. She spent the money on rent and clothes and gifts for her grandchildren, she said.

The inspector general's office, which investigates disability fraud and tries to recoup money for the government, ultimately charged her $119,392 - nearly three times what she received in error.

Deckman didn't have the money. So the Social Security Administration garnished the entire $704 check she was going to receive every month when she retired from her minimum-wage job flipping burgers at the convenience store in her local Rebel gas station. She can apply for retirement in 2032 - when she's 83.

"I'm going to be dead by then," Deckman said. "They're taking away my Social Security. They're charging me so much. Do they think I can afford a lawyer to fight this?" At 73, she continues to work, because she says she has to.

Scum it is.

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-05-20 03:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I didn't think he would be so quiet about it.

#6 | POSTED BY TOR

Huh?

Trumpy was very vocal about the fact that he intended to eliminate the payroll tax, which funds the retirement benefits program (effectively ending its funding)and he proposed measures that would cut Medicaid.

Permanently terminating the employee payroll tax along the lines President Trump has proposed would empty Social Security's trust fund by 2026 or earlier.

That was "quiet" to you?

Trumpy ALWAYS says the quiet part out loud.



#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-05-20 03:57 PM | Reply

"Because the SSA does this routinely. WaPo is just cherry picking the years."

Looks like that's not the case here.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-05-20 04:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#8

I expected Trump to have his toadies look into building "camps" the first week he was President.

I wonder if the women's march prevented this?

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2022-05-20 04:48 PM | Reply

What do you expect from the demented orange pedo who steals from cancer charities?

#11 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2022-05-20 07:06 PM | Reply

"Trumpy was very vocal about the fact that he intended to eliminate the payroll tax, which funds the retirement benefits program (effectively ending its funding)and he proposed measures that would cut Medicaid."

And???

#12 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-05-21 01:21 PM | Reply

A Chicago woman was fined $132,000 after wrongly receiving as much as $10,618 in benefits, according to internal data of penalties and assessments obtained by The Post. A Denver woman was sanctioned $168,000 after cashing as much as $14,960 in wrongly received checks. A New Jersey woman is on the hook for nearly $435,000 after she accepted about $47,000 in benefits but failed to report a $120,000 house she inherited from her father and car loans she co-signed for her children, on what she said was a lawyer's advice.

Hurting and then piling on the people who need to be hurt since 2017. What a legacy.
#1 | POSTED BY TONYROMA AT 2022-05-20 10:55 AM | REPLY | FLAG

What do all those people have in common? They took money they knew didn't belong to them. If you want me to feel sorry for a thief, you're pissing into the wind.

#13 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2022-05-21 01:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

"If you want me to feel sorry for a thief, you're pissing into the wind."

You'd be okay with hanging thieves, right?

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-05-21 02:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

And???

#12 | POSTED BY MADBOMBER

And so he was not very "quiet" about it.

As I said Trumpy always says the quiet part out loud. So it should not be a surprise that he would have encouraged a federal agency to be a little "rough" with them.

"When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just seen them thrown in, rough. I said, Please don't be too nice,'" he said.

#15 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-05-21 02:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You'd be okay with hanging thieves, right?

#14 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2022-05-21 02:12 PM | REPLY

Is that what you read, dipschitt?

#16 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2022-05-21 03:28 PM | Reply

"So it should not be a surprise that he would have encouraged a federal agency to be a little "rough" with them."

So you're cool with people defrauding the government?

I felt like you got your panties in a wad when people took advantage of legal tax deductions. Now you're saying it's OK for people to actually cheat?

#17 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-05-21 05:44 PM | Reply

"So you're cool with people defrauding the government?"

You'd be okay with hanging thieves, right?

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-05-21 06:47 PM | Reply

"You'd be okay with hanging thieves, right?"

I wouldn't really care.

#19 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-05-22 03:27 AM | Reply

Why are banks that break laws get fined a fraction of their illegal benefits, but the SSA fines dramatically exceed the poor people fraud?

Nevermind, I think I figured it out.

#20 | Posted by bored at 2022-05-22 06:03 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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