If you’re collecting monthly Social Security disability benefits, don’t even think about working “on the side” without telling the Social Security Administration (SSA). In June, Charles David Jones Sr., 58, of Frederick, Maryland learned that lesson the hard way. Jones was sentenced to 366 days in prison for fraudulently receiving Social Security disability benefits while working and earning a salary. Jones will also have to repay $110,000 to the government.
Jones initially filed for disability benefits in March 2002, and he agreed to notify the SSA if he started working. In July of that same year, Jones started working at Lohr’s Family Restaurant in Frederick; he was soon promoted to manager and head chef. Jones never told the government, but in November 2002, he filed additional forms to support his claim for benefits and stated again that he could not work. Jones actually bought the restaurant and managed it through 2011. Nevertheless, in 2010 Jones again claimed that he was not working, and he described his typical daily activities without even mentioning the restaurant. After his 366 days of incarceration, Jones will be on supervised release for three years.
The overwhelming majority of those receiving monthly Social Security disability benefits are honestly disabled; they need, deserve, and have the right to these benefits. Every case of disability fraud jeopardizes the millions of honest Americans with disabilities who adhere to the law and play by the rules. Social Security disability benefits are essential for vulnerable people with disabilities.
In southern California, if you haven’t applied for Social Security disability benefits, if your application has been denied, or if you are at any stage of the process, seek the counsel and legal services of an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney who can help you understand how Social Security makes decisions about disabilities. A good Social Security disability lawyer may help you obtain your benefits, but it can be a long process. Get started now; contact an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney immediately.