When I saw the Associated Press story, many thoughts raced through my mind. I am not an attorney or judge, but I definitely have questions about the story and I think you will too.
An Oregon resident who transitioned to a woman more than three decades ago continued collecting Social Security disability checks under her male identity, fraudulently raking in $250,000.
Court records show Richelle McDonald was born Richard McDonald in 1945. In 1974, Richard claimed disability because he was unable to work after suffering a serious arm injury when hit by a San Francisco bus.
McDonald in the 1970’s also applied for a separate Social Security number under the name Richelle. She worked under that name from the early 1980’s until 2012 while continuing to collect disability payments as Richard.
I am not questioning whether or not fraud took place — I think it did. What I am questioning is why the government took approximately 32 years to discovery the fraud. My opinion is the government officials who allowed the fraud to continue for so long are accomplices to the crime and they should also be prosecuted.
The background information is an excerpt of an article written by Associated Press. Thanks to Google for helping my find the article; and all other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text in this post.