Social Security Class Action Launched to Reinstate Wrongfully Terminated Payments

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A class action lawsuit has been filed against Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue, alleging that more than 100,000 people have had their benefits stopped, unjustly, by the federal government.

One of the initial plaintiffs had her benefits stopped based on an outstanding warrant issued in 1980 in Miami-Dade county, Florida for a person with the same name. The plaintiff in California never committed the crime - the federal agency has the wrong person. The federal government is allegedly stopping the payments based on computer matching only, without verifying identity.

The suit demands that the agency reconsider the eligibility of anyone who gets any of several types of Social Security payments and has been cut off under the "fleeing to avoid prosecution" rule. The suit was filed in the federal court of San Francisco, and asks the judge to prohibit the federal agency from stopping any more Social Security payments to people "fleeing to avoid prosecution" for a felony, which makes beneficiaries ineligible under a 1996 law.

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They have cut my check from$733.00 down to 415.00 $ in Kentucky say I diddnt pay rent nowhere but thats a sister told to them because I rented from her off and on the whole two and a half years I was homeless..she lied because her and her husbend is on S.S. and did not report my income I can prove from bank vidio every mo. I drew out and gave to her in line on bank vidio..have been fighting The Soc. Sec. Here since july 2016 they taken my money?

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