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Department of Homeland Security

Stop SSI benefits to convicted smugglers

Seems simple. Stop giving SSI checks to convicted smugglers.

Unfortunately, it is not that simple. We apprehended and convicted an alien smuggler and also encountered his SSI check stubs as well as a recent receipt for $2,000+ wheels and tires for his car. We contacted SSI to cancel the SSI checks. They advised that if we provided proof that the subject was incarcerated, they would stop the SSI payments during his jail time. However, he would continue to receive the SSI checks once he got our of jail. The SSI administrator advised that the only way we could stop the SSI payment was to provide proof that the subject was receiving income from alien smuggling. Unfortunately, we could not document any pay stubs for his smuggling activity.

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Idea No. 11959