Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Golden Goose and Rotten Egg

Some parents don’t have a problem becoming empty nesters, as long as they can use their disabled kid’s benefits to keep fluffing up the nest. (Yes, it’s an ugly one today, ducklings.) The U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts issued a press release about a Boston-area woman who squirreled away more than $60,000 in Social Security benefits intended for her disabled son.

A minor or someone who is disabled usually needs a representative payee to apply for and manage disability benefits administered through Supplemental Security Income. The mother hen in this case, who was responsible for her son’s care while he was living with her, signed an acknowledgement that she needed to notify the Social Security Administration if there were any changes to her son’s living arrangements. (Guess what didn’t happen.) Even though her son no longer lived with her starting in August 2007, she falsely stated on forms for the next seven years that he did, and she continued to collect his benefits. (Where is Willy Wonka’s ‘Eggdicator’ when we need it?)

She pleaded guilty and received a sentence of four months in prison plus one year of supervised release, including six months of home confinement. (Dare we say chickens coming home to roost?) In addition, she must pay $63,798 in restitution to the Social Security Administration.

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