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Social Security Benefit Suspension Lifted for 900 Beneficiaries

Friday, June 5, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Carolyn W. Colvin has decided to reinstate disability payments to individuals whose benefits were recently suspended because Social Security’s Inspector General determined there was reason to believe fraudulent medical evidence was supplied by several doctors in certain cases including Bradley Adkins, Ph.D., Srinivas Ammisetty, M.D., Frederic Huffnagle, M.D., or David P. Herr, D.O. In each case, Eric C. Conn or another individual from his law firm acted as the attorney representative.  Benefits in these cases were suspended because the agency must redetermine these cases.  

Under the Social Security Act, the agency must redetermine an individual’s disability case when there is reason to believe fraud or similar fault was involved in that individual’s application for benefits.  The law requires Social Security to disregard any evidence from one of the medical providers identified above when the information was submitted by representative Eric C. Conn or other representatives associated with Mr. Conn’s law office. 

Although the Acting Commissioner has decided to reinstate benefits, these beneficiaries must provide sufficient evidence to establish they meet the strict statutory definition of disability dating back to the original decision on their application for Social Security disability benefits.  

We remain fully committed to our responsibility to ensure that the public funds entrusted to us are properly expended, and take every measure to fight waste, fraud, and abuse in Social Security programs.

Social Security has established a special toll-free phone number for affected beneficiaries to obtain additional information.  That number is 1-866-397-4238, and will be staffed 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time Monday-Friday.

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