For those who do not have enough resources for income to support themselves and their families, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be available as a means of assistance. The program is designed to assist those who are blind, disabled, or over the age of 65-years-old meet the needs for everyday living.
Due to the fact that applying for and getting approval for these benefits can be such a complex process, sometimes claimants can be taken advantage of. One such case came to light through an article released by Disability Scoop.
The story told of how a 42-year-old claims processor in Memphis, Tennessee, had been illegally contacting and charging applicants a “processing fee” for approving their claim for SSI. Reports indicate that once a claim was approved and funds had been distributed, the processor would contact recipients through phone calls and text messages demanding they pay a fee.
The processor was later charged with counts of extortion and bribery.
Investigators say there may be more victims though and encourage anyone who was contacted regarding paying a fee after receiving SSI benefits to contact the Social Security Administration to report the incident.
The Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyers with Newlin Disability state disability benefits are paid for through taxes and processing fees should never be charged. The firm urges anyone who is considering applying for such benefits to discuss their case with an attorney to ensure their rights are not infringed upon.