(Becket Adams) The Utah Office of the Attorney General saved the Social Security Administration an estimated $22 million in prevented fraud in 2012 by exposing residents who had been collecting disability benefits under false pretenses, according to KSL-5 TV.
And by “false pretenses” we mean they lied about their health.
Even more outrageous than allegedly conning the SSA is the fact that most of the fraudsters were caught after the AG’s office uncovered online videos of them acting like, well, people in normal physical condition.
“One of the most shocking things is the audacity of some of the people who are stealing from you and I,” Ken Wallentine, the chief of law enforcement for the Utah Office of the Attorney General, told KSL-5 TV.
For instance, the AG’s office uncovered a video of one recipient, a 40-year-old man who claims his “sore muscles” keep him from work, jumping around his living room while playing air guitar.
Another video shows a 31-year-old female recipients banging away at the drums. She has been collecting benefits for “four years because she claimed her mental disorders gave her low energy, therefore she couldn’t be in public to work,” KSL-5 TV notes.
Too tired to work, but not too tired to play. In a rock band.