The program to combat social security fraud imposed heavy fines on the elderly, disabled and poor: report
The program to combat social security fraud imposed heavy fines on the elderly, disabled and poor: report

The program to combat social security fraud imposed heavy fines on the elderly, disabled and poor: report

A Social Security anti-fraud program under the Trump administration imposed heavy fines on disabled and elderly people who received disability benefits to which they were not entitled, according to a report from the Washington Post.

The fines, which were imposed on more than 100 poor, disabled and elderly people, were as high as hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The program was overseen by Gail Ennis, Inspector General of the Social Security Administration. Acting Social Security Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi will launch a full inquiry into Ennis’ oversight of the civilian monetary penal program, It was reported by the Washington Post on Monday.

Ennis denied a request for an interview, Posten reported, but wrote in a statement that her office is “unaware of any basis to support the statement that unprecedented fines have been imposed.”

Referring to interviews, documents and sworn testimony of an administrative law judge, Posten reported that the Inspector General’s office did not take into account “the recipients’ financial condition, their age, their intentions and level of remorse, among other factors … Staff attorneys were referred to charge the affected as much as double the money they had received by mistake, on top of the fines. “

Two senior executives who repeatedly talked about the fees to Ennis and her staff were “abruptly put on administrative leave,” Posten said. One was fired and the other degraded.

In the Post article, the White House said it was aware of the report but had no immediate comment, and a spokesman for the Senate Finance Committee told the Post that it “evaluated a number of steps.”

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