11 Mar 2015

6.5 Million “Dead” People Still Have Active Social Security Cards

The Social Security Administration’s Inspector General recently conducted an audit and found something shocking.  CNS News reports:
The SSA’s inspector general has identified 6.5 million number-holders age 112 — or older — for whom no death date has been entered in the main electronic file, called Numident.
The audit, dated March 4, 2015, concluded that SSA lacks the controls necessary to annote death information on the records of number-holders who exceed “maximum reasonable life expectancies.”

That’s right – either the U.S. has  6.5 million people living that are 112 years old or older, or there is a serious problem within the SSA.  CNS News continues the story:

Some of the numbers assigned to long-dead people were used fraudulently to open bank accounts.
And thousands of those numbers apparently were used by illegal immigrants to apply for work:
“During Calendar Years 2008 through 2011, SSA received 4,024 E-Verify inquiries using the SSNs of 3,873 numberholders born before June 16, 1901,” the report said. “These inquiries indicate individuals’ attempts to use the SSNs to apply for work.”
Obviously, someone in this country is running a Social Security scam to get phony Social Security cards into the hands of illegal aliens.  Senator Ron Johnson (R – Wisc.), responds to CNS News:
“Tens of thousands of these numbers are currently being used to report wages to the Social Security Administration and to the IRS. People are fraudulently, but successfully, applying for jobs and benefits with these numbers. Making sure Social Security cleans up its death master file to prevent future errors and fraud is a good government reform we can all agree on,” Johnson said.
This is just another scandal involving illegal immigrants and its cover up to push for amnesty.  One wonders how much in Social Security benefits is being paid out fraudulently to those who are not entitled to receive them.
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) comments for CNS News:
“It is simply unacceptable that our nation’s database of Social Security numbers of supposedly living people includes more than six and a half million people who are older than 112 years of age, with a few thousand having birth dates from  before the Civil War. Preventing agency errors by keeping track of who has died is a relatively simple problem that the government should pursue as a high priority.”
Whether this is just government incompetence or an orchestrated plan by the amnesty advocates to get more illegal aliens into the system is anyone’s guess, but it must be investigated. 

The Social Security trust fund cannot take the strain of billions of dollars being drained out of it illegally.  It also cannot survive if it is rife with fraud and millions of phony identities floating around in the database.

Tens of millions of Americans are and will be depending on that retirement income. 
The government had better get to the bottom of this fraud before those who have worked hard all their lives and paid into what they thought was a secure and solvent retirement system end up losing the very money they plan to live on in their retirement.

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