Social Security Numbers Stolen from Deported FelonsBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on November 18, 2015 | In General
A 33-year-old woman from Long Beach has surrendered to the federal authorities on allegations that she stole Social Security numbers while working at the El Monte office of the DMV.
According to a My News LA report, officials believe she and five others were involved in a scheme to sell Puerto Rican birth certificates and Social Security numbers to create new, false documents. Many of the customers involved were convicted felons who had been deported. The report doesn’t mention how many identity theft victims were affected.
Identity theft is becoming more common. Now that all our private information is online, there are more opportunities for criminals to access and steal our identities. Through online hacking or the theft of computers and file servers, our information is more vulnerable than ever.
When applying for Social Security benefits, your Social Security Number and name are important parts of the process. To qualify for support, you must show that you haven’t engaged in substantial work since you became disabled. If you’re the victim of identity theft and your social security number has been used, any earnings made with your number will show up on your record and could count as your earnings. This means your claim could be denied if the Social Security Administration believes you’re still working.
Identity theft could affect your application for Supplemental Social Security, as well. Qualification for the program depends on your low-income status. Any earnings under your name could put you over the minimum income limits and make you ineligible.
These types of issues are happening more and more often for Social Security applicants. If you’ve been the victim of identity theft and you are applying for benefits, you need to seek legal guidance. Having a disability attorney on your side will help you avoid having your benefits affected by identity theft.
The Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help. Call us at (800) 438-7734.