Disability Fraud 101: From Pressing Charges, To Uncovering Fraud

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Making a claim that someone is committing fraud is no joke. It’s a serious crime that will result in major penalties for the person charged with the crime, so before you push the allegations, you need to know a few facts about disability fraud. After laying a few of these facts out, we’ll dive into how cyber research is used to help build cases of fraud. Unlike in older times, technology now has each person leaving such a massive footprint that there is much one can learn through an intense and thorough cyber investigation of one’s social media and internet habits by a professional online private investigator. While it certainly wouldn’t be the only evidence in a case of fraud, cyber research can supplement a case in a very powerful way, from confirming or refuting an albi, to establishing character, etc.

First things, first…some facts about fraud:

  • Fraud can mean a person making a false claim on a disability application; for example, lying about income sources. Fraud can also be if someone uses fake documents when applying for disability, like using another person’s social security number
  • If someone happens to get better medically and chooses to not reveal this to the Social Security Administration, this is considered fraud
  • Be wary: not every disability is obvious to the eye, so before you claim someone “looks fine,” keep in mind that some disabilities are harder to see than others, like autoimmune diseases and mental health issues or cognitive delays
  • People collecting disability benefits can still work a minimal amount…so, be careful before you press forward with your case

Can An Online Private Investigator’s Cyber Investigation Be Used To Prove Fraud?

The answer to that question is absolutely! If you are a human resources professional or manager and suspect that one of your employees may be committing disability fraud, you should consider the power of cyber research to back up, support or even, prove your case.  An investigator from a cyber detective agency can get quite a bit of information online in order to form a case or simply get the information you need to discover if one of your employees is acting in an illegal manner.

Here are the ways in which an online & social media investigation can help you:

  • Determine If An Employee Is Truthful: Your employee claims to be physically injured, but thanks to the expertise of a cyber detective agency, you’re watching a Facebook video of your employee going skiing…this could be used as evidence! Social media posts, photos, videos, blog activity, website searches, messages obtained from private and instant messenger sites and apps and other online actions can expose if your employee is being honest or not.
  • Uncover An Employee Working Another Job: Your employee has status updates about another job…hmm…is this within the law or not? Sometimes, you may not have enough information to make any conclusive statements, but you can get information to build a case or help find the answers you need.
  • Fact Find Through Social Media: What if someone applies for social security disability and claims to be single, yet you see your so-called “honest employee” linking arms with the “hubby” on her Instagram page?

Overall, social media and online research can pinpoint certain pieces of information in order to help as you build a case against someone…or decide that perhaps, your suspicions were unfounded. In order to really determine what a cyber investigation can do for your particular case, research detective agencies in your area and find someone with high ratings that will consult with you so you can decide if a social media search will help you with your case.