Did you know that according to the Social Security Administration, there are more than 6.5 million Americans over the age of 112? If you think that number doesn’t sound right, you’d be right because it’s not true.
After a man attempted to open multiple bank accounts using active Social Security numbers belonging to people born in the late 1800’s, the Office of the Inspector General decided to audit the SSA. The audit found that there were only 35 known individuals over the age of 112 still alive as of October 2013 . . . WORLDWIDE!
Apparently, the SSA hasn’t bothered to check the obituaries for the past 100+ years.
Townhall.com—who provided some of the information for my commentary—has also identified thousands of instances of potential identity theft and/or other fraud involving these SSNs. For example, between the years 2006 and 2011, some 70,000 of these outdated SSNs were used to procure $3.1 billion in earnings.
But hey, it gets better.
As if the discovery of this incredible ineptitude was enough, there was another “minor” detail tucked away in the report. Apparently, U.S. attorneys chose not to prosecute illegal immigrants who used some of these SSNs.
“In three cases, [the Social Security Administration’s Office of Investigation] confirmed that illegal aliens were using deceased numberholders’ names and SSNs to work,” a footnote in the report stated. “But U.S. Attorneys in Arizona, Florida, and South Carolina declined prosecution.”
The audit also mentioned that the SSNs of 34 deceased individuals were illegally being used to obtain work in the U.S.
By the way, using a Social Security number to commit fraud is considered a federal felony, which makes the decision by these U.S. Attorneys not to prosecute even more disturbing.
Bloated government makes what we are seeing from the Social Security Administration inevitable. But when you take these errors, add Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty and incentives to hire illegals—such as those provided under Obamacare—you create a scenario ripe for fraud by illegal aliens. These crimes would land you or me in prison if we were ever caught doing it, instead we create an environment that allows illegals to stay in the country without being criminally charged, let alone deported.
By the way, this just in: A memo sent from the Congressional Research Service to the Senate Judiciary Committee indicates that illegal immigrants will be able to tap into America’s Social Security system and receive payments, according to the terms of President Obama’s amnesty plan. The memo also says illegals, in some cases, would also be given credit for time they’ve been working in the United States illegally.
And just think: Mitch McConnell and John Boehner fully funded the illegal immigration mess.