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Missouri Man Involved in Social Security Disability Fraud Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

A man from Independence, Missouri, has received sentencing for his involvement in a Social Security disability fraud scheme that swindled the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Treasury out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to The Examiner, a jury convicted Charles Daniel Koss, 63, on five counts in February 2013. These counts include Social Security disability fraud, mail fraud and the theft of government money. In 1987, Koss began receiving disability payments for a myoneural disorder and hypertension. However, between September 1994 and January 2010, the court found him guilty of receiving Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) payments while actively running a mortgage brokerage firm he began operating in 1994. During this time, he did not attempt to notify the SSA of the income he gained from working at his real estate business. U.S. District Court Judge Brian C. Wimes is ordering Koss to repay the…
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Wheelchair User Settles ADA Compliance Lawsuit against Connecticut XL Center

In the spring of 2009, musician Bruce Springsteen held a concert at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Formerly known as the Hartford Civic Center, the multi-purpose arena and convention center can hold roughly 16,000 patrons at any given time as well as provide a great venue for both entertainment and athletic events. Well, a great venue if you do not have a disability. Michelle Duprey found this out firsthand when she arrived to hear “The Boss” play on April 24, 2009. Instead of being entertained, Duprey was frustrated with the XL Center’s lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which included her limited ability to see the concert, the center’s failure to provide adequate restroom facilities and more. The Hartford Courant reported that Duprey uses a wheelchair for mobility, and she felt that the XL Center failed in many aspects to be fully accessible for individuals…
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Our Tulsa Disability Lawyer Looks Further into the Rise of Unemployment and Individuals Applying for Disability Benefits

As an update to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal discussing the worries many feel about the weakening job market, we offer more information regarding a study of how Americans may be using disability benefits as a source of unemployment income. This may shed some light onto why seeking gainful employment if you have a disability may sometimes be difficult. The study cited in the article, conducted in April 2013 by University of California, Berkeley economist Jesse Rothstein, suggests that the rise in unemployment and disability filings is not causational but may correlate in many ways. In his preliminary findings on the subject that we also covered in another blog post, Rothstein tested the correlation theory of whether the increase of disability filings is due to an increase in unemployment. However, by considering the unemployment rate as well as the extension and cutting of unemployment over the past…
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Tulsa Disability Lawyer: Veterans Collecting VA Benefits Can Also Collect SSDI Benefits

Veterans often ask us if they can collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and veteran’s disability benefits at the same time. The answer, which comes as a surprise to many veterans, is yes. There are differences between the system that the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses to determine if someone can collect benefits and the system that the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) uses. The VA uses a structured percentage system to determine if someone is disabled, meaning a veteran can be 50, 60 or even 100 percent disabled. The SSA uses an “all or nothing” approach when it comes to determining whether a person qualifies for SSDI. This is important to keep in mind if you are applying for SSDI. If you are receiving benefits because you are considered 25 percent disabled by the VA, that is a strong indication that you are not eligible for SSDI…
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