Birmingham Office of the Inspector General

  • Agency: Birmingham Office of the Inspector General
  • Address: 1800 5th Ave N, Birmingham, 35203 AL
  • Chief:
Phone: (202) 720-8001
Fax: (202) 690-1278

Birmingham Office of the Inspector General is located at 1800 5th Ave N, Birmingham, 35203 AL. The Birmingham Office of the Inspector General phone number is (202) 720-8001.

Birmingham Office of the Inspector General News

We're pleased to announce that the Spring 2018 edition of the OIG Semiannual Report to Congress is now live on our website. Our Semiannual Report to #Congress presents the significant activities of SSA’s OIG from October 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018, documenting the achievements of the OIG’s Offices of Audit, Investigations, and Counsel, and the OIG's support components. View the report by clicking on the link below.

The #NewJersey man admitted that he intentionally failed to notify the #SocialSecurityAdministration of his aunt's death so that he could continue to receive her benefits, which he withdrew from their joint account and used for his personal benefit. In total, he admitted that he took over $184,000 in #SocialSecurity benefits to which he was not entitled.

Recently, OIG auditors' objective was to determine whether death information in Washington State Department of Health death data files was recorded in Social Security Administration records. Check out the link to view the summary or full #audit report.

The former SSA employee was sentenced to 24 months in prison, and her husband received a 6 month prison sentence, to be followed by 6 months of home detention. The jury found them guilty of mail fraud, theft of government property, #SocialSecurity benefit fraud, witness tampering, and food stamp fraud. Check out the link for more #investigation details.

Just Announced: On Wednesday, July 11, at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) will host a conference to educate the public about the impact of the Inspector General Act of 1978 and the work of IGs in the past 40 years. Learn more & register at the link below.

Media coverage of a Cooperative Disability Investigation (CDI) unit based in #WestVirginia. The CDI unit is made up of representatives from the SSA, OIG, and the state's Disability Determination Section. In the first quarter of this year, this West Virginia unit generated more than $1.78 million in projected savings for state and federal government benefit programs bringing their total savings to nearly $10 million.

Because the #Florida woman failed to report her casino winnings and other changes in resources and household composition to the SSA and Florida Department of Children and Families, she and five of her minor children were over paid approximately $100,000 in SSI, SNAP, and Medicaid benefits.

Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) Chair and Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and CIGIE Vice-Chair and National Science Foundation Inspector General Allison Lerner introduce the report, Top Management and Performance Challenges Facing Multiple Federal Agencies. The annual report consolidates and provides insight into the most frequently reported management and performance challenges identified by Offices of Inspector General. By consolidating these challenges, CIGIE hopes to assist policymakers to determine how best to address challenges in the future. Check out the report at http://go.usa.gov/xQDdh

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has started mailing its redesigned #Medicare card to people with Medicare to replace traditional cards. Check out our #blog for more information on protecting your new Medicare card.

The FTC's Consumer Sentinel Network gathers reports from consumers about fraud. See below for some noteworthy numbers about #ImposterScams from the FTC Data Book for 2017.

Lawmakers recently held a hearing that focused on financial-exploitation schemes, and the need to educate seniors and their families and caregivers about these threats. In our latest blog, we discuss the ongoing threat of imposter schemes and the Federal Trade Commission's recently released data book for stats on the issue, OIG's public outreach efforts and Congressional efforts to protect seniors.

The #Kentucky man admitted that he conspired with #EricConn to escape from custody by assessing security measures at various pedestrian checkpoints along the United States-Mexican border and advising Conn of whether identification was checked upon exiting the United States. Curtis Lee Wyatt further admitted that on the day prior to Conn’s escape, he provided Conn with a Faraday bag for the purpose of suppressing the signal emitted from Conn’s electronic monitoring device, as well as with an escape vehicle that Wyatt had previously purchased with cash, registered in Montana and secreted in a parking garage in Pikeville, Kentucky.

Between 2008 and 2013, the #NewHampshire man falsely represented to the SSA that he was living alone in Cornish, Maine, and was not receiving help or money from any person. In fact, he was living with his wife in Concord, New Hampshire, who was providing him with financial assistance. If Robinson had provided truthful information to SSA, he would have been ineligible for SSI benefits. Read the #investigation details at the link below.

“When a public employee misuses her position to break the law and violate the public trust, we will hold the employee accountable for her actions by prosecution," said U.S. Attorney Kirsch, "This case is an example of the outstanding work done by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General to root out fraud and corruption, and in this case, to hold Ms. Ramos accountable for her conduct.”

In our latest #blog, we discuss a recent #OIG #audit report that details factors affecting SSA customer wait times and steps the agency is taking to modernize and improve service delivery.

Acting IG Gale Stallworth Stone (middle) discussed emerging #government #fraud threats with other IGs at the Dark Net conference at George Mason University. "Technology has to be part of the solution," she said. "If we have the data, we can get ahead of the problem."

For nine years, James Baker exaggerated various mental and physical conditions in order to increase his compensation benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Additionally, he received $233,370 in #SSA #disability benefits, stemming from his VA disability determination. For her part, Debbie Baker participated in creating the illusion that her husband was totally disabled, including by falsely claiming on a SSA form that he was unable to perform most activities independently. Visit the link for details on the joint #investigation with the VA OIG.

The #California man obtained a certified copy of a birth certificate that he knew belonged to a deceased person. Between 2005 and 2015, he used the identity of the deceased person to apply for a #UnitedStates passport and to apply for and obtain benefits from the #SocialSecurityAdministration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He admitted he obtained housing from HUD’s Section 8 program and that he defrauded the #federalgovernment out of more than $250,000 in cash and other benefits.

An #Iowa man who has been wanted by the Army since the early 1980s was sentenced yesterday to more than 3 years in #federal prison. After a bank robbery conviction under the name "Aaron Davis" in the 1990s, he began using the identity and #SocialSecurity Number of another person. He continued to use that identity until his arrest in Iowa last year. Daryl Grigsby was on the Army’s most wanted list until his arrest in Iowa. Visit the link for details on this #investigation.

Our latest #blog discusses a #Washington man who went to great lengths to carry out a #fraud scheme from about 2011 to 2016. Floyd Mann created fraudulent court documents and had co-conspirators pretend to be judges and federal agents to verify his fraudulent stories to the victims.

As part of her guilty plea, the #NewYork woman admitted to submitting two false statements in which she claimed to have not worked between 2006 and 2015, when in fact she had worked for a total of eight Capital Region employers during this time. #Disability insurance benefits are designed to replace, in part, the loss of income due to a disability.

We have received reports that citizens are receiving fraud referral acknowledgment emails from the OIG, even though the citizens did not recently submit a fraud referral to the OIG. If you recently received one of these acknowledgement emails and did not recently submit a referral to the OIG, please disregard the email. We determined these acknowledgment emails were sent in error, due to ongoing testing of the OIG’s online fraud referral form. We have resolved this issue and apologize for any confusion caused by these email messages.

Between September 2015 and July 2017, the defendant accessed various SSA accounts for at least two dozen SSA beneficiaries by using their personal identifiers without their knowledge or authorization. The #Florida man diverted approximately $302,000 of the beneficiaries' monthly retirement benefits onto Green Dot debit cards possessed and used by the defendant. Visit the link for more details on the #investigation and #sentencing.

#FraudAdvisory: Inspector General Warns Public About Ongoing SSA Impersonation Schemes. The Federal Trade Commission reported to the OIG an increase in reports of suspicious phone calls from people claiming to be SSA employees. Visit the link to read the fraud advisory released today.