The Attorney General’s Office has announced that Patrick Morrisey’s disability fraud partnership has generated more than $1.95 million in projected savings during a three-month period from January to March.
This tally for the first quarter of this year pushes the disability fraud unit’s total savings to more than $16.3 million for state and federal governments since its inception in West Virginia, proving its increasing effectiveness in reducing Social Security disability fraud, according to Attorney General Morrisey’s office.
“This unit continues to prove its value again and again,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Rooting out fraud is crucial for the long-term solvency of the nation’s disability program. Every dollar saved is one that will benefit those who need it most.”
Morrisey’s Office said the Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Unit, a partnership with the Social Security Administration, investigates suspicious or questionable disability claims. CDI Units also investigates beneficiaries, claimants and any third party who facilitates fraud. Morrisey’s Office also said CDI Units help resolve questions of potential fraud, in many instances, before benefits are ever paid. The Attorney General’s Office joined the program in 2015, making it the first unit of its kind in West Virginia.
Nationally, the CDI program is one of the most successful anti-fraud initiatives with regard to federal disability programs. There are 43 units in 37 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
Attorney General Morrisey urges citizens that wish to report suspected disability fraud do so by contacting the Social Security Fraud Hotline here; sending mail to PO Box 17785, Baltimore MD; sending a fax to (410) 597-0118; or by calling (800) 269-0271 between the hours of 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.