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Wisconsin Man Sentenced to Prison for Disability Fraud

Posted on February 7, 2014 by Troutman & Troutman

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a Wisconsin man who fraudulently collected $175,000 in Social Security benefits by faking blindness was sentenced to a year in federal prison. Earlier this month, Lawrence Popp was sentenced to fraud charges after he claimed he was blind and could not work, drive or read without assistance. According to prosecutors, he was collecting government benefits including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) while driving a car, snowmobile and jet ski. Officials recorded Popp performing these acts, despite the fact that he claimed that he was disabled. “The lies are just one after another,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Giampietro, who recommended two years in prison for Popp, said in court, according to the Journal Sentinel. “This is a cynical abuse of a program truly geared to those who need assistance.” Popp was reportedly declared legally blind in 2004 following an illness, but he continued to work,…
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February Is American Heart Month

Posted on February 5, 2014 by Troutman & Troutman

February is American Heart Month, aimed at raising healthy habits while increasing the awareness of heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. In addition, about 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year, which is about one in every four deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Aside from death, many people who live through heart attacks are left with debilitating disabilities. According to the CDC, heart disease occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. This can lead to angina, heart failure and arrhythmias. The CDC estimates that heart disease and strokes cost the U.S. $312.6 billion every year in health care services, medications and lost productivity. According to the CDC, you can reduce your chances of…
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Do You Have a Compassionate Allowance Condition?

Posted on February 3, 2014 by Troutman & Troutman

The Social Security Administration announced earlier this year that it has added 25 conditions to its Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Compassionate Allowances list. People who qualify for SSDI may also get access to Medicare. Ordinarily, the process can take a while, especially if appeals are involved, but through the Compassionate Allowances list, the process is expedited. On average, people who go through the program are able to get benefit decisions in as little as 20 days. So far, about 200,000 Americans have received benefits through the Compassionate Allowances program. Below is a list of conditions that were newly added: Angiosarcoma Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction Coffin-Lowry Syndrome Esthesioneuroblastoma Giant Axonal Neuropathy Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson Syndrome Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma Joubert Syndrome Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis Liposarcoma-metastatic or recurrent Malignant Ectomesenchymoma Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor Marshall-Smith Syndrome Oligodendroglioma Brain Tumor – Grade III Pallister-Killian Syndrome Progressive Bulbar Palsy Prostate Cancer – Hormone Refractory…
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Man Has Disability Benefits Discontinued After Being Mixed Up As Inmate

Posted on January 31, 2014 by Troutman & Troutman

In a strange story that is getting national attention, a Florida man has been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) on two occasions because he has been wrongly labeled as a prison inmate. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Fernando Ortiz, 57, of Fort Lauderdale, has had his SSDI benefits discontinued twice after being falsely accused of being incarcerated. Ortiz suffers from diabetes and needs his Social Security checks to support himself. For some reason, the Social Security Administration has gotten him confused with an inmate who is in prison outside of Boston. Ortiz has had to prove on each occasion that he lives with his wife and 3-year-old granddaughter in order to qualify for his monthly $1,600 checks. “I don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” Ortiz said. “It’s a horrible thing to put people through.” The SSA could not comment on Ortiz’s case when reached by…
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