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2127.1 What are the penalties for fraud?
Penalties for fraud include possible fines and imprisonment.
2127.2 What actions are considered fraudulent?
Penalties are imposed if a person with intent to defraud:
Willfully and knowingly deceives, misleads, or threatens any claimant, prospective claimant, or beneficiary regarding benefits by word, circular, letter, or advertisement;
Knowingly charges or collects, whether directly or indirectly, any fee more than the maximum fee set by the Commissioner of Social Security;
Makes false statements or misrepresentations in applying for benefits;
Makes false statements or misrepresentations of material facts at any time if for use in determining benefit rights;
Conceals, or fails to reveal, information about events affecting initial or continued right to benefits or the amount of payment; or
Converts payments received on behalf of another to a use other than for the use and benefit of the eligible person.
Last Revised: March, 2001
- Fraud In Connection With Benefit Claims And Earnings Records
- Statement by Person Knowing About Employment
- When are you not eligible for SSI?
- Beneficiary Under Age 18
- Filing for Other Benefits
- When is an individual "at fault" in receiving an overpayment?
- How do you prove that a child is in your care?
- What is other benefit income?
- When is a new representative payee selected?
- Recipient Reporting Requirements
- Administrative Actions that are not Initial Determinations
- Result of Delay in Filing for Benefits
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