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The West Virginia Social Security Administration, the Office of the Inspector General and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey have all teamed up to try to put a stop to social security fraud in West Virginia.
This band of investigators will formally be known as the West Virginia Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit and will be based out of Charleston. While announcing the creation of the group Morrisey said, “We have a significant problem with disability fraud in West Virginia.”
This program will operate under the umbrella of a larger national group that currently operates in 31 states. These programs have been extremely successful, saving Social Security $3.3 billion since its creation, and Morrisey is expecting similar results in West Virginia.
The task of this program is to protect Social Security from those who try to take advantage of the system. Morrisey made a point to reassure the public that, “if you’re receiving benefits lawfully because you have a disability, you should have no concern.”
Morrisey has set an ambitious goal of stopping fraudulent claims before they are ever paid out. “It is my hope that this partnership will dramatically reduce fraud and abuse so that we can preserve precious taxpayer resources for those who are legally allowed to obtain this benefit,” Morrisey said.
While this new task force will increase the scrutiny put on Social Security disability applications, it should not discourage you from applying. If you feel that you have a valid disability claim, call Jan Dils Attorneys at Law for a free case evaluation. These attorneys will give you straight answers and be with you every step of the way.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law