“OI determined that 14 beneficiaries were deceased. OI and SSA determined that SSA issued approximately $3 million in improper payments in these cases,” explains the audit, entitled Payments to Individuals with Deaths Reported in California from 1980 to 1987.
The audit’s objective was to “determine the appropriateness of continued benefit payments to individuals who, according to California Department of Public Health (CDPH) vital statistics data files, died in California between January 1980 and December 1987.”
Back in August 2010, the Inspector General discovered that approximately 60 fraudulent retirement claims were filed using SSA’s online application process and that some used deceased individuals’ personally identifiable information.
These three cases resulted in $186,000 in over-payments.
Investigations are still ongoing in some of the remaining cases, but it is estimated that if the number-holders are confirmed deceased, SSA has doled out another $598,350 in improper payments.