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About “stealing” Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides crucial income for eligible workers who become disabled, either through a work-related injury or serious medical condition. SSDI offers those who have worked and contributed to Social Security a financial lifeline to sustain them if they become disabled. The program is flexible enough, however, to permit a limited amount of work while still collecting  benefits, in recognition of each person’s need to test their ability to return to full time employment. SSDI benefits are paid from a special Trust Fund established solely for that purpose and containing contributions from all who work and pay Social Security taxes from their earnings. SSDI is a critical source of income for those who earned the right to participate, but who find they can no longer work and aren’t yet eligible for normal Social Security retirement benefits.

Sadly, and fortunately only occasionally, someone collecting SSDI benefits may neglect to notify Social Security that they are no longer disabled and have returned to work. This is, in effect, stealing money from the Disability Trust Fund and is a criminal offense which results in very serious consequences, as described in this report from the US Attorney’s Office for the New Hampshire District. Click here to read more.

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