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What does Social Security fraud look like?

Social Security goes a long way in providing millions of Americans with the financial assistance they require to live a better life. Unfortunately, there are times when people are accused of gaming the system.

Social Security fraud is serious business. When a person is charged with this crime in Kansas, he or she will soon find that the consequences of a conviction are extremely serious.

Due to the seriousness of this crime, it's important to understand what Social Security fraud looks like. Here are some common examples:

-- Making a false statement when applying for Social Security benefits. The Social Security Administration expects all information to be 100 percent accurate, to the best of your knowledge.

-- Concealing facts that could prevent you from receiving Social Security benefits. It can be considered fraud if you neglect to provide certain facts that could impact your benefits.

-- Buying or selling Social Security cards. It doesn't matter if the cards are legitimate or fake, this is a crime.

-- Impersonating a Social Security Administration employee. For example, there are times when a person does this in an attempt to steal another's identity.

Social Security fraud is a white collar crime. It is also one that can land a person in prison for a very long time.

It is possible for a person to commit Social Security fraud without knowing what they are doing. For example, you may neglect to include information on a benefits application because you don't understand what is asked of you.

Since there is gray area regarding Social Security fraud, anybody charged with this crime should learn more about one's particular situation.

Source: Office of the Inspector General, "What Is Fraud, Waste, or Abuse?," accessed March 31, 2016

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