Social Security Administration Reports 6.5 Million Over Age of 112 Have SS Numbers
Yes, we are living longer, and many people over are working until they are well past “retirement age,” but 112 years old? From The Washington Post:
A recent watchdog review found that at least 6.5 million active Social Security numbers belong to people who are at least 112 years old and likely deceased.
But only 35 known living individuals worldwide had reached that age as of October 2013, according to the Gerontology Research Group.
The Social Security Administration’s inspector general said in a report on Monday that the questionable identification numbers put the government at risk of fraud and waste.
The review found that one individual opened bank accounts using Social Security numbers for individuals born in 1869 and 1893.
The official database of active Social Security numbers showed that both beneficiaries were alive, meaning they would be older than 145 and 121 years, respectively.
Auditors also discovered that nearly 67,000 Social Security numbers in recent years were used to report wages for people other than the cardholders. The workers reported about $3 billion in earnings between 2006 and 2011.
Whoa! I’d like to be a fly on the wall when the big wigs at the Social Security Administration went ballistic, and set about kicking ass and taking names until the dedicated public servants there work over time to fix this mess. Uh, no, not exactly. Also from The Washington Post:
Auditors proposed that the Social Security Administration take action to correct its death records, but the agency disagreed, saying it doesn’t want to divert resources away from efforts to improve payment accuracy with benefits.
“The recommendations would create a significant manual and labor-intensive workload and provide no benefit to the administration of our programs,” Social Security management said in a response to the review.
Right. No rush. It’s not like Social Security is going broke or anything.
And this fraud is separate and apart from the Social Security numbers that Obama plans to illegal give to illegal aliens aka Democrat voters in waiting, which will give $1.7 billion in taxpayers’ cash to illegal immigrants, according to a congressional study.