Tom Coburn’s office does 2 year investigation into disability fraud
3p.m. -- Holds a hearing on ``Social Security Disability Benefits: Did a Group of Judges, Doctors, and Lawyers Abuse Programs for the Country's Most Vulnerable?'' Sarah Carver, senior case technician at the Social Security Administration (appearing in a personal capacity); Jennifer Griffith, former master docket clerk at the Social Security Administration (appearing in a personal capacity); David Herr, doctor of osteopathic medicine, West Union, Ohio; A. Bradley Adkins, a psychologist in Pikeville, Ky.; Srinivas Ammisetty, doctor of Pulmonology in Stanville, Ky.; Eric Conn, attorney and owner of The Conn Law Firm; David Daugherty, former administrative law judge at the Social Security Administration; and Charlie Andrus, administrative law judge of the Social Security Administration (appearing in a personal capacity), testify.
The Federal Disability Insurance Program could become the first government benefits program to run out of money. When it began back in the 1950s it was envisioned as a small program to assist people who were unable to work because of illness or injury. Today, it serves nearly 12 million people -- up 20 percent in the last six years -- and has a budget of $135 billion. That's more than the government spent last year on the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, and the Labor Department combined. Some critics call it a "secret welfare system" with it's own "disability industrial complex," a system ravaged by waste and fraud. A 3pm Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing will examine the issue.
Source: Fox News
October 6, 2013 4:48 PM
Steve Kroft reports on the alarming state of the federal disability program, which has exploded in size in the last six years and could become the first federal benefits program to run out of money.Disability, USA
Social Security Disability Fraud, Panel 1
Oct 7, 2013
Witnesses testified at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on Social Security benefits fraud. Attorney Eric Conn was accused of hiring doctors to submit false health assessments and colluding with a Kentucky judge who approved the disability claims. Two witnesses who worked at the Kentucky office where the claims were processed said they experienced retaliation when they tried to raise questions about the claims being filed. Eric Conn, the attorney accused of filing the fraudulent claims, refused to testify. The Administrative Judge involved with the alleged scheme also failed to testify despite being called as a witness at the hearing.
To watch the entire hearing: C-Span