August 15, 2016 |
Would raising the Social Security age fix the system? Not in an equitable manner, says Gary Burtless, a senior fellow at Brookings Institution, armed with data showing that lower-income folks tend not to live as long, and thus do not collect as much from Social Security. In fact, Social Security favors the "One Percent," who have more income and better health care. As a result, high-income Americans live longer and thus reap more benefits from Social Security. Full benefits begin at 65 or 66 for those born between 1943 and 1954.
April 23, 2016 |
Now comes the happy ending - with a few conditions. Maziah Mills-Sorrells, 4, of West Philadelphia, has lived with the lifeless dangle of a paralyzed left arm since she was injured during childbirth. Her impoverished mother and father, who work minimum-wage jobs in fast-food restaurants, have fought for years to cope with the hardship. First, they sued the hospital where they claim Maziah was hurt. That litigation is ongoing. Then, they began a sapping three-year campaign to wrest child-disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, only to have their application denied by the federal agency three times.
January 31, 2016 |
Federal prosecutors Friday unsealed an indictment charging a Wynnewood doctor with Social Security fraud. Frederick Douglas Burton, 67, of the Burton Wellness & Injury Center on City Avenue in Wynnewood, has been charged with two counts of mail fraud and attempted mail fraud. He is accused of defrauding the Social Security Administration by signing and sending letters on behalf of another doctor, Dennis Erik Fluck Von Kiel, of Lehigh County. The two letters, sent in the fall of 2013 to a law firm that helps clients obtain Social Security disability benefits, falsely contended that Burton had been treating Von Kiel for about seven years, and that Von Kiel suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was unable to work, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia.
January 22, 2016
A Bucks County couple were sentenced to federal prison for stealing Social Security benefits intended for a relative who died in 1998, prosecutors said. Roger White, 58, and Audria White-Nunnally, 61, both of New Hope, pleaded guilty in October in federal court in Philadelphia to collecting $68,462 in retirement payments intended for a relative of White. The couple also tried to fool Social Security Administration employees during a visit into believing another elderly relative was the dead relative, prosecutors said.
September 11, 2015 |
AM GOLDWIRE, who also went by the name Fredrick, died in 1998. But as far as the Social Security Administration knew, he was still alive and kicking 14 years later. His wife, Shirley Gregg Goldwire, had kept him alive on paper to receive more than $250,000 in his retirement benefits. She was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in federal prison on two counts of theft of government funds and must pay $264,021 in restitution, according to court sentencing documents. She pleaded guilty in April to converting government funds.
April 7, 2015 |
ANYONE with a problem, no matter how severe - or even how minor - could count on a listening ear from Clinton H. Muir. "If you needed it, he would plead a case for you," said his longtime companion, Goldie Kennedy. "He was a magnificent man, very generous, and always reaching out to help someone. " Clinton Muir, retired administrator for the Social Security Administration, a devoted churchman and civic leader, died last Monday of a heart attack. He was 93 and lived in Oak Lane.
August 22, 2014
I'VE GOT A birthday coming up, and as a gift to myself, I checked my Social Security statement. If you ask, I'll say I'm 29. But truth be told, I'm getting pretty close to retirement age. (By the way, this doesn't mean I'll stop working when the time comes. Just means I won't be working as hard as I do now.) It used to be that a few months before each birthday, you would get a statement from the Social Security Administration with your estimated benefit if you elected to take it early, at 62, at your full retirement age (it's 67 for me)
March 26, 2014 |
Edna Faye Dubbin Sulat, 61, of West Deptford, who retired in 2011 as a field services specialist for the Social Security Administration regional office in Philadelphia, died of cancer at her home Tuesday, March 18. Most recently, she was the designer for a Social Security field office at Two Penn Center, her husband, Gerald, said. The design was complex, he said, "because not only does it include a typical field office, but it is attached to a Social Security card center. " And that combination is rare, he said, because usually a card center "does nothing but issues Social Security cards as well as replacements.
March 3, 2014 |
THE SOCIAL Security Administration yesterday expanded a Philadelphia-area pilot program nationally to help bar criminals from controlling benefits on behalf of the disabled and elderly. The program was launched locally in June 2012 in the wake of the Tacony dungeon case. That case made headlines after police rescued four mentally disabled people from a filthy basement where Linda Ann Weston and four co-defendants allegedly held them captive in a scheme to steal their Social Security benefits.