Social Security overpays $1.3 billion in benefits: GAO


Joel Seidman
CNBC
September 13, 2012

An upcoming GAO report obtained by NBC News says the federal government may have paid $1.29 billion in Social Security disability benefits to 36,000 people who had too much income from work to qualify.

At least one recipient collected a potential overpayment of $90,000 without being caught by the Social Security Administration, according to the report, which will be released Sunday, while others collected $57,000 and $74,000.

The GAO also said its estimate of “potentially improper” payments, which was based on comparing federal wage data to Disability Insurance rolls between 2010 and 2013, “likely understated” the scope of the problem, but that an exact number could not be determined without case by case investigations.

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