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SSD Fraud Affects Everyone

Depending on who you talk to, Social Security Disability (SSD) fraud is either running rampant or it's a fairly infrequent occurrence - more likely, it's somewhere in between. The bottom line is that it happens. Fraudulent claims anywhere across the country can be detrimental to your legitimate claim in a number of ways:

Getting your claim approved becomes more difficult. The social security administration doesn't like it when it finds out that numerous people are poaching the system and making off with undeserved benefits. The SSA clamps down on approvals throughout the country, which doesn't bode well even for legitimate claims.

Benefits are denied to those who need them most. When people bilk the system, the federal government is less likely to provide the necessary funding to cover SSD benefits in all states.
It drags out case processing times. Processing times are already extraordinarily drawn out. When great chunks of time are spent on fraudulent claims, it means that legitimate claims are getting pushed back.

Keep in mind that not all disabilities are blatant. Physical or mental disabilities precluding someone form handling employment can be subtle. Speculation, gossip, and conjecture without firsthand information are not good reasons to report someone. On the other hand, if a recipient of SSD benefits brags about deceiving the system, that's another story. Fraud committed by even one person hurts the claims of honest citizens everywhere.


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