Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Social Security New Fraud Prevention Unit in NY
4:54 pm edt
The following press release came out on March 31, 2014.
Today, Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner
of Social Security, announced the establishment of a centralized fraud prevention unit in New York City to identify potential
fraud and detect fraud trends that can be applied to disability cases nationwide. 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
“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 Acting Commissioner Colvin, noting
that Social Security’s anti-fraud approach has resulted in a fraud incidence rate that is a fraction of one percent.
“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 fraud.”
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.”