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California inmates rake in $3.5 million in illegal Social Security benefits

Published in Blog on November 09, 2018 by Article V Patriot

Today's example of waste, fraud, and abuse permitted by federal bureaucrats comes from California, where inmates have managed to collect $3.5 million in taxpayer funds despite their incarceration.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

The inspector general for the agency reported 123 inmates received the disability and retirement payments despite the Social Security Act prohibiting payments to individuals "confined to a jail, prison, or certain other public institutions for committing a crime."

The report, released late last month, also found flaws in the Social Security Administration's database of prisoner information, as only 69 percent of prisoners' personal information matched SSA records.

"We identified 123 inmates who received approximately $3.5 million in improper payments while they were incarcerated in [California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Facilities]," the inspector general said. "In 49 cases, the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Prisoner Update Processing System (PUPS) did not contain the inmates' most recent confinement information."

How can we expect the feds to get our nation's finances back on track if they can't even enforce basic rules?

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