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

“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.

After spending much of 2017 discussing the representative payee program with #SSA, the #OIG, and other interested parties, #SocialSecurity Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson and Ranking Member John Larson in December introduced the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act. Read our latest #blog for more details on the proposed bipartisan legislation.

The #NewYork woman admitted to owning and operating a website in 2013 and 2014 through which she sold stolen SSNs. She advertised these stolen SSNs as “credit profile numbers” and encouraged her customers to use these SSNs in place of their own on credit and loan applications, as a way for customers to avoid their own negative credit histories. She faces up to 30 years in prison, up to 5 years of post-imprisonment supervised release and a maximum $250,000 fine when she is sentenced on May 14, 2018.

#Scam artists go to great lengths to trick you out of your personal information or money. Know the signs of these schemes and learn tips to protect yourself from the video below and by visiting our #ScamAwareness page at

A #Malden woman was sentenced yesterday in federal court in #Boston for collecting over $166,000 in #government benefits by providing false information about her family.

A Michigan-based internet entrepreneur agreed to pay a $35,000 civil monetary penalty to settle the OIG's claim that the website “” falsely conveyed the impression that the site was an official SSA site or was otherwise approved, endorsed, or authorized by SSA, in violation of Section 1140 of the Social Security Act. Visit the link below for more information on this case and Section 1140.

A #Roanoke man failed to report his wife’s death to the #SocialSecurityAdministration in 2009. He continued to receive his late wife’s Social Security Retirement benefits from 2009 through April 2016 and use the funds for his own use. In all, the defendant received $108,787 in Social Security Administration benefits to which he was not entitled. Visit the link for #investigation details.

We are required by law to update #Congress twice a year on our efforts to oversee SSA’s programs and operations and to combat #SocialSecurity fraud, waste, and abuse. We recently issued and published our report for the April-through-September 2017 period. Read our latest #blog to see four numbers from the report that highlight our investigative, audit, and legal accomplishments from the recent reporting period.

Since the death of Emma Carter-Alexander’s mother in 1993, she collected her mother’s #SocialSecurity disability benefits for her own use. To facilitate this fraud, she filed yearly representative payee statements falsely indicating that she was using the funds for her mother’s well-being, even though her mother was deceased. Over the course of 23 years, Carter-Alexander converted $298,168.20 in public money to her own use.

#EricConn, the former #Kentucky attorney who fled the country after he pleaded guilty to leading a massive #SocialSecurity disability fraud scheme, was apprehended in Honduras this week and returned to the United States for arraignment on charges related to his escape.

In her guilty plea, the #Vermont woman admitted that, between about 2009 and early 2016, she concealed from SSA the fact that she maintained employment as a nurse aide, and earned substantial income (more than $470,000) from that employment. As a result of Forrest’s deception, SSA paid her more than $79,000 in SSI benefits that she was not entitled to receive. Forrest did not report any of this income to the Internal Revenue Service, and did not pay any income taxes.

#Scam artists go to great lengths to trick you out of your personal information or money. Visit our Scam Awareness page to educate yourself on how to identify and report various schemes, so you can stay several steps ahead of these thieves.

“The Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General is pleased to see that this crime, which affects every individual relying on the Social Security Trust Fund for their retirement, was taken seriously and punished appropriately in this case,” said the Special Agent in Charge of the San Francisco Field Division. “We hope that this sentence sends a message that it is the responsibility of every individual in our society to protect their own retirement savings, and ensure that a loved one’s death does not go unreported.”

A #Fredericksburg woman was sentenced on Friday to two years in prison for a $246,000 healthcare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) #fraud.