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Man charged in federal court for Social Security fraud

Posted on November 20th, 2013 No Comments

A Mississippi man is facing federal charges for illegally collecting Social Security disability benefits from 2005 to 2011.

The man, identified as Alan Paul Blache, was charged on Wednesday, November 13.  After waiving the initial indictment, Blache  was charged for a bill of criminal information.

According to federal court records, Blache received around $114,000 over the six-year period. He is scheduled to make an appearance in the U.S. District Court in Gulfport on Friday, November 22. He will plead guilty to the fraud charges.

The federal government protects the Social Security program through enacting serious consequences for people that try to take advantage of the system. If you are in need of financial assistance in the San Antonio area, contact Chris Mayo Law Firm at (210) 999-9999.

Social Security benefits to increase by 19% due to flat COLA

Posted on November 7th, 2013 No Comments

Social Security disability benefits will increase by 19% in January as the cost-of-living adjustment released on Wednesday, October 27 indicates consumer prices haven’t gone up by much within the year, according to government officials.

The COLA has a direct effect on Social Security benefits for more than one-fifth of the country’s population, which equates to nearly 58 million Social Security recipients. Social Security makes an average payment of $1,272 a month per retired worker, meaning it will increase by $19.

Social Security benefit increases have averaged a mere 4% since 1975.

AARP, Inc. (formerly called the American Association of Retired Persons) executive vice president Nancy LeaMond said that an increase of $19 to the monthly Social Security benefits is low, and will be “quickly consumed by the rising costs of basic needs like food, utilities, and health care.”

Applying for disability benefits can be laborious and, as such, acquiring the assistance of an experienced attorney from the Law Office of Chris Mayo can be invaluable. If you live in San Antonio and need help with Social Security disability benefits, call us today at (210) 999-9999.

2014 Social Security raise will be insignificant

Posted on October 16th, 2013 No Comments

For two years in a row, Social Security recipients are going to be presented with only a slight increase in benefits.

According to a projection by the Associated Press, the 2014 raise will be around 1.5%. This would be the smallest increase since the benefits were automatically raised in 1975.

The government’s defense as to why the increase was small is because consumer prices haven’t gone up much within the last year.

The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) can’t be determined until the Department of Labor releases the September inflation report, which was supposed to be released on Wednesday, October 9; it was delayed due to the government shutdown.

In spite of this setback, the Social Security Administration has not said that increases would be delayed for next year. Social Security benefits continued to be distributed during the shutdown.

If you are considering filing for Social Security income or disability insurance, you may consider seeking legal representation in San Antonio. An experienced attorney from the Chris Mayo Law Firm may ensure a quick and fair processing of your Social Security disability claim. Please get in touch today by calling (210) 999-9999.

Disability scheme purportedly participated in by Social Security judge

Posted on October 14th, 2013 No Comments

Congressmen spearheading an investigation said retired administrative law judge David Daugherty colluded with lawyer Eric Conn to approve over 1,800 disability cases between 2006 and 2010, with Senator Tom Coburn (Republican-Oklahoma) saying at a committee hearing on Monday, October 7 that they “exploited the program for their own benefit.”

A Senate homeland and security governmental affairs committee report shows that the Social Security Administration paid Conn’s law firm, which specializes in disability cases in Stanville, Kentucky, over $4.5 million in attorney fees from cases heard by Daugherty, whose bank records contained $96,000 in unexplained cash deposits.

According to committee chairman Senator Tom Carper (Democrat-Delaware), Daugherty left the hearing before he could be called to testify.

Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon did not provide information as to whether they will conduct an investigation on the matter.

The Wall Street Journal first raised suspicion over the Conn-Daugherty partnership in 2011.

Our attorneys at the San Antonio, Texas-based Chris Mayo Law Firm have garnered extensive experience helping disabled workers process their disability claims and fighting against mistreatment in the application and appeal process. Find out how we can help you with a Social Security disability claim by calling us at (210) 999-9999 today.

SSI claims administrator faces charges for extortion and bribery

Posted on October 7th, 2013 No Comments

A Social Security claims representative was charged with two counts of extortion and two counts of bribery in the last week of September for allegedly requiring claimants to pay a processing fee to be able to file their Supplemental Security Income claims.

Forty-two-year-old Memphis, Tennessee resident Montrell Levelle Arnold was indicted by a grand federal jury and may face up to 20 years of imprisonment and $250,000 in fines for each extortion charge, plus another 15 years of jail term and a fine of up to $250,000 for each bribery charge.

Arnold’s allegedly would contact the beneficiaries by telephone and text message to confirm the arrival of the SSI benefits into the claimants’ accounts and arrange for the payment of his “processing fee.”

When filing a Social Security disability claim in San Antonio, our lawyers at the Chris Mayo Law Firm can make sure you are not mistreated or have your claim unfairly denied. Learn more about how we can help you by calling (210) 999-9999.

Improper Social Security payments made to 36,000

Posted on September 20th, 2013 No Comments

In a report released on Friday, September 13, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) showed that around 36,000 workers were wrongfully given disability payments by the Social Security Administration from December 2010 to January 2013. This resulted in an estimated $1.3 billion in improper disability payments.

Less than 1 percent of the beneficiaries and disability payments were affected by the supposed error, but GAO officials are saying this puts a dent on the SSA’s policing system. The SSA said it is 99% accurate when it comes to making disability payment but admitted even the slightest margin of error can translate to big amounts.

SSA records show that 8.2 million disabled workers received disability payments in December 2010, with the number recently growing to 9 million. In 2011, it released $137 billion in disability payments.

At the Chris Mayo Law Firm, we know that many people in San Antonio struggle to get the Social Security disability benefits that they need. Fortunately, with our help, you might be able to get the financial assistance you are seeking. Call us at (210) 999-9999 to discuss how we can help.

The effects of the looming loss of the Social Security disability program

Posted on September 8th, 2013 No Comments

With the Social Security disability insurance program in danger of having its benefits cut by 20% in 2016 unless Congress enacts legislation that would prevent the trust fund from running out, recipients could be in for marked lifestyle changes – some that would ultimately leave them grappling for funds to sustain everyday and basic necessities, such as food.

At present, nearly 11 million Americans, which includes around 8.8 million disabled workers plus their spouses and children, obtain disability benefits.

SSDI advocates are of the opinion that Congress should allocate a slightly larger portion of Social Security’s payroll tax revenues to its disability fund and a slightly lowered portion to its Old Age and Survivors Insurance retirement fund, a move that could keep both funds full until 2033.

Our lawyers at the Chris Mayo Law Firm can assist disabled workers in San Antonio with both filing initial claims and fighting denied claims. To speak with our attorneys and learn more about how we might be able to help you, call (210) 999-9999 today.

Depletion of Social Security disability benefits not a priority for lawmakers

Posted on August 30th, 2013 No Comments

The director of tax policy studies at libertarian think tank the Cato Institute, Chris Edwards, said congressmen and senators weren’t keen on crafting legislation that would save the Social Security disability benefits from being depleted in 2016, saying he “hasn’t heard of any member on the Hill sort of championing disability insurance reform.”

He made the statement on Tuesday, August 20 during a briefing on Social Security disability benefits’ rising costs, which will amount to $200 billion this year.

Experts at the Cato Institute said eligibility for disability benefits has grown immensely as requirements have decreased over the years. Another factor is the increase in eligibility characteristics, such as mental conditions and “nonexertional restrictions” which rose 323 percent since 1984, when the category was introduced.

Budget analyst Ted DeHaven said the percentage of children enrolled in disability has also increased to 16 percent from 4 percent in 1980.

Our attorneys at the Law Office of Chris Mayo can help disabled people in San Antonio file for the disability benefits they need. Call (210) 999-9999 to discuss your needs with us and find out how we can work with you on getting the financial assistance you need.

Abuses of the disability insurance system contributing to the fund’s depletion by 2016?

Posted on August 16th, 2013 No Comments

Although many people receiving Social Security disability benefits legitimately need this financial assistance, certain research has shown that there are many people abusing the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, which could be a factor in the fund’s predicted depletion by 2016.

According to The Washington Examiner, the Social Security Administration’s survey among its SSDI recipients revealed that 2,300 of them are not eager to return to work in the near future, with 75 percent of them not seeing themselves finding a job within the next five years and 72 percent of them still receiving work salaries while under the program.

The newspaper analyzed that this scenario could be a factor as to why the national Disability Insurance Trust Fund is on its way to depletion by 2016, as per the Social Security Board of Trustees’ annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds released May 31.

To successfully file for disability benefits, having the support of an experienced attorney is often advised. If you live in San Antonio offices and are in need of disability benefits, talk with the lawyers at the Chris Mayo Law Firm by calling 210-999-9999.

Washington Examiner’s analysis of a 2009 SSA study

Posted on July 28th, 2013 No Comments

Recently, The Washington Examiner published an article that analyzed a 2009 Social Security Administration report in-depth, noting the number of Americans receiving disability payments and the characteristics of these recipients.

According to the article, about 11 million Americans are on Social Security Disability Insurance, which provides people who have been previously employed and put some of their income into Social Security before becoming disabled, while around seven million Americans are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which provides disability benefits to those who have a limited income and have petitioned to be classified as disabled.

Additionally, the 2009 report and The Washington Examiner‘s analysis of it show that check recipients in the SSI program were experiencing less bodily pain than those who had paid money into Social Security and were receiving SSDI payments. Those receiving SSI payments were also more likely to be overweight, lack education, and had broken homes.

Our attorneys at the Chris Mayo Law Firm can assist anyone in San Antonio with your disability claims, from SSDI and SSI. Get in touch with our lawyers by calling (210) 999-9999 today.

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