Investigation with SSA-OIG
OIG conducted a joint investigation with the Social Security Administration OIG (SSAOIG) in which a recipient was suspected of fraudulent activity in both state and federal programs. Agents discovered that, for several years, the recipient failed to disclose that he owned a maintenance business. When the recipient finally began reporting the business, he underreported the income, stating he made approximately $5,000 a year. Agents found unreported yearly income of over $123,000 in 2016 alone. The recipient was charged and convicted of welfare fraud. He was sentenced to one year in jail, followed by 60 months of probation. In addition, he was ordered to pay restitution of over $135,000.