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Social Security Mistake: Benefits Cut Off for Tampa Woman

A government letter explained that she owes more than $237,000 in overpayments; this is the second time her benefits have been held

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Mamie Walker is fed up that the government has abruptly cut her Social Security benefits, leaving her unable to pay her rent and buy food. She said it’s all because of a mistake that no one can explain.

Walker has not received any benefits for the past two months. She received a letter from the U.S. Social Security Administration saying she has more than $237,000 in “overpaid” debt and won’t be getting benefits again until September 2034. She would be 100 years old.

“You know I don’t have that kind of money, honey,” Walker said. “If I did, I wouldn’t call you about this.”

Walker said she is terrified about how she will pay her bills and her landlord is already working on late fees.

“My kids don’t have anything to help me, so I’m just in a hole,” Walker said.

This is the second time Walker has contacted Better Call Behnken for help after her Social Security benefits were halted. In 2019, the government claimed that Walker owed more than $200,000 in old student loans. Walker, who never went to college, had no idea what that was about.

At the time, a representative of the Social Security Administration promised researcher Shannon Behnken that they would investigate. Walker’s benefits were then reinstated and so far there has been no problem.

Walker’s son, Morrison Walker, said he was fed up and worried about his mother.

“She’s worked all her life to get her Social Security money in, and now they’re taking it from her,” he said.

A representative from the Social Security Administration said this would be re-examined and that they would help Walker get her benefits back.