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Enabling Disability Fraud

Lois4 Wrote: May 23, 2012 8:07 PM
The town I live in was a booming manufacturing town when i was younger. Our factories started relocating or shutting down 25 years ago. My dad had worked 2 jobs all his life. It was a good thing he had the second job because he was over 50 when he lost his primary employment. It didn't matter that he was a dedicated and responsible employee all those years, he and the others over 50 couldn't find jobs. My dad worked his part-time job until he died suddenly at 72. A few years ago I was a temporary worker for Div of Workforce Dev. Nothing has changed, the people over 50 who had worked at a large local factory couldn't find other jobs even after going back to school on the taxpayers' dime. Employers prefer younger workers.

We were inspired by Climateer Investing's summary of the econoblogosphere's ongoing analysis of the increasing level of disability fraud in the U.S., where hundreds of thousands of people would appear to be ending up after their extended unemployment insurance benefits expire, to ask two new questions: which Americans are benefiting from the fraud and how are they getting away with it?

To answer the first question, we started with the annual age distribution data that the Social Security Administration publishes on the number and age of that agency's disability benefit recipients. Starting with the pre-recession years of

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