A decade-long report conducted by the inspector general of the Social Security Administration estimated that there have been frequent and widespread overpayments of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, according to Federal News Radio on June 7.

The study estimated that approximately $17 billion were wrongfully released to individuals who were no longer qualified to receive benefits for various reasons. For instance, beneficiaries would no longer qualify if they died, were imprisoned, began earning an income high enough to no longer qualify, among other reasons. This report comes as Congress is attempting to find a solution to fortify the disability fund, as it is predicted to run out by 2016.

The attorneys at Hankey Marks & Crider know that many Indiana residents are disabled and need SSDI to provide support. As the program works to fight fraud, it may help to have an experienced legal team by your side, advocating on behalf of your need. Find out how we may work for you today by calling (317) 634-8565.