New Social Security Unit in N.Y. to
Help Detect Fraud in Disability Cases
Group of specialized disability
examiners to identify trends, develop strategy for use nationwide
March 31, 2014 – A new unit within
the Social Security Administration is being created in New York to
identify frauds and detect trends that can help the agency to identify
potential fraud in future disability cases across the U.S.
This unit consists of experienced
disability examiners who are currently involved in the re-review of
disability medical decisions resulting from recent indictments in Puerto
Rico and New York City.
Using their specialized experience,
they will collaborate with Social Security systems personnel to help
build data analytics to detect and prevent fraud at the earliest
possible point in the disability decision-making process.
“Social Security strives to
preserve the public’s trust in our programs and we have no tolerance for
fraud. We are aggressive in our efforts to detect and prevent fraud,”
said Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, who made
the announcement. Colvin noted that Social Security’s anti-fraud
approach has resulted in a fraud incidence rate that is a fraction of
“The employees in our anti-fraud
unit will be our national experts, and we plan to compile data from
their work to help us develop further analytical tools to find potential
This first-of-its-kind unit will
start with 20 disability examiners at the Addabbo Federal Building in
Jamaica, New York. Based on the trends found in the Puerto Rico and New
York cases, along with further analysis of doctors’ reports, the unit
will use their findings to help create the systems and data analytics
that Social Security will use for disability applications nationwide.
As these systems develop and begin
to identify new cases of potential fraud, the New York fraud prevention
unit will analyze those cases to prevent fraud from happening before the
agency makes a disability decision and authorizes payments.
Acting Commissioner Colvin added,
“To those who would try to cheat us: We will find you; we will prosecute
you; we will seek the maximum punishment allowable under the law; and we
will fight to recover any money you’ve stolen from the American people.”
If a member of the public suspects
fraud, they should contact the Social Security Office of the Inspector
General at 1-800-269-0271, or visit http://oig.ssa.gov
and click on “Report Fraud, Waste, or Abuse.”
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