Former NYPD officer pleaded guilty of scamming disability funds

Ex-NYPD police officer Joseph Esposito pleaded guilty to being part of scamming Social Security, an article of the New York Times reported on August 27.

The 70-year-old ex-cop is accused of being one of the masterminds of a large-scale scam that resulted to over $27 million in disability funds lost from the government. Esposito pleaded guilty to charges of grand larceny in the Manhattan Supreme Court, under the terms of a cooperation agreement that he will testify against three other accused persons who had pleaded not guilty. Esposito’s sentence upon pleading guilty might result in seriously reduced penalties.

The lawyers of the Hankey Law Office understand that many disabled workers in Indiana deserve to get their disability benefits. Now, when the government is getting stricter in the application process due to massive scams, a lawyer can possibly help you strengthen your disability claims. Find out how we could assist you in the filing process today by calling (317) 634-8565.

House investigators claim false claims are being made for SSD

Investigators in the House of Representatives said the Social Security agency is incorrectly approving disability benefits for people whose claims were rejected by local offices, in addition to failing to perform required follow-up reviews to make sure people who were granted claims are still disabled. According to this investigation, these factors are large contributors to the problems the Social Security program is currently facing.

A declaration made by three House committee Republicans said people are still receiving federal disability assistance even though they are not legally entitled to it. In response to the claim, however, a Social Security spokesperson said they follow a strict legal disability definition before they award benefits.

The number of claims being filed has greatly increased in recent years due to more American citizens reaching older ages and people facing difficulties due to the recession.

At the Hankey Law Office, P.C., our lawyers know that many people in Indiana have legitimate disabilities and are in need of financial assistance. If you need help in pursuing these Social Security benefits, find out how we can help by calling 317-634-8565 today.

Man kidnapped for Social Security checks was locked in basement

Police in Philadelphia rescued a 63 year-old man who they believe was held against his will in a basement so his captor could steal his Social Security checks. The victim, who is deaf and mute, was held in the basement for four months.

According to the Washington Post, the man told police his captor beat, punched, and threatened him during his imprisonment. He was given very little food while he was there. Authorities say they found the man through a tip.

His captor, a 56 year-old man, is believed to have kidnapped him after giving him a ride after work. The suspect is believed to be an acquaintance of the disabled man’s family. He has been charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and forgery, among others.

Demographic trends correlate to rise in SSDI recipients

In 2011, there were 8.3 million individuals receiving disability benefits in the United States. This number has been rising for the past few years, and a recent study has connected this rise to different demographic trends in the country.

These trends include the poor economy, more women in the workforce, and Baby Boomers reaching their 50’s. The struggling economy has left numerous Americans without proper jobs to support themselves and their families. These individuals turn towards disability benefits in order to maintain their finances.

Women have increased their presence in the workforce since the 1970’s, and this has resulted in more working individuals suffering from workplace accidents and injuries. Baby Boomers reaching their 50’s has played the largest role in the disability benefits increase, due to the fact that the percentage of individuals receiving disability benefits who are older than 45 grew by more than 1o percent in recent years.

If you have questions regarding the Social Security Disability application process, please contact an experienced SSDI lawyer at Hankey Law Office, P.C. by calling (800) 520-3633 today.

SSDI benefits to be cut by 21% in four years

Trustees at the Social Security Administration and Medicare say that Social Security Disability Insurance recipients can expect a 21 percent cut in their monthly checks within the next four years. As the economy struggles, Americans are more likely to file for assistance once their unemployment benefits expire.

According to the OECD, when unemployment increases by one percent, disability applications increase by ten percent. There are several other reasons why the program is wearing thin, such as the expansion of disability criteria and the fact that almost all recipients never return to work.

Currently, one in eight working-aged adults receive disability benefits. More than a third of all benefits are for mental and mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety.

If your claim has been denied and you would like to learn how a Social Security Disability lawyer can help you, contact the Hankey Law Office today at (317) 634-8565.