I recently shared a post about fraud in the American disability system. I felt strongly the problem existed elsewhere, but I lacked evidence. A few seconds ago, I searched for evidence on the Internet. It did not take long to find millions of examples. I picked one of the stories to share because it validates several points I made in my previous post:
- Committing disability fraud is too easy
- Detecting disability fraud is too difficult
- Sentencing is too lenient
- Recovery of stolen funds is next to impossible
In an article written by Stuart Able for The Herald, we learn about a dog walker who falsely claimed she could not walk. The dog walker stole “£24,311 over nine years” and received a suspended sentence. The sentence, if it is actually enforced is “£42 a month for the rest of her life.”
Tell me I am not the only person who believes the current system encourages fraud.
Thanks to Stuart Able for writing the article I referenced; The Herald for committing its resources to publishing the article; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text in this post.