Social Security Audit: There Are 6.5 Million People Over The Age Of 112

| by Tony Tran
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According to the latest audit by the Social Security Administration, there are roughly 6.5 million people on Social Security who are 112 years old and older, according to the Washington Times

Of course, this is simply wrong. On March 4 though, an audit for the administration found that it "did not have controls in place to annotate death information" on the main electronic file, called Numindent.

What this means is that due to a clerical error, a large number of dead Americans were not logged as such and are still viewed as living in the eyes of the Social Security.

From the report, “We obtained Numident data that identified approximately 6.5 million number holders born before June 16, 1901 who did not have a date of death on their record.”

A report by the inspector general who conducted the audit found that the SS numbers attributed to those 6.5 million people were at risk for fraud, with many of them being used illegally to open bank accounts and to facilitate illegal immigrants finding work.   

The report said: “During Calendar Years 2008 through 2011, Social Security Administration received 4,024 E-Verify inquiries using the SSNs of 3,873 number holders born before June 16, 1901. These inquiries indicate individuals’ attempts to use the SSNs to apply for work.”

As of March 2015, there are only five people born in the 19th century. Of them, three live in the United States.

Many senators were critical of the Social Security Administration, with some of them issuing a joint statement on Monday telling the agency to clear up the matter.

“It is incredible that the Social Security Administration in 2015 does not have the technical sophistication to ensure that people they know to be deceased are actually noted as dead,” said Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson. “Making sure Social Security cleans up its death master file to prevent future errors and fraud is a good government reform we can all agree on.”

Source: The Washington Times 

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