Facebook and Social Security Disability

Disability is defined by not being able to participate in certain activities.  A Facebook image which contradicts this claim may be used.  What does your Facebook account say about you?  You might want to view your Facebook account through the eyes of your adversary.  It was the very Facebook account of individuals enjoying life that prompted a closer look and ultimately conviction of fraud.

This is an extreme case that demonstrates the way of the future for disability claims.  In New York there was a wide spread fraud scam associated with New York first responders for $22 million in fraud claims.  PTSD was a central feature of his claim supported by the ‘fact’ that he was unable to leave his home.  Facebook told a different story.

Fraudulent psychiatric reports produced between $30,000 and $50,000-a-year in fraudulent payments.  A former NYPD officer received more than $175,000 after claiming he had been traumatized by the 9/11 attacks.  He claimed he was unable to leave his home.  His Facebook account claimed otherwise.  He was in Florida enjoying a jet ski and renting a large waterfront home.

According to the New York Post, Lieberman falsely claimed to have assisted at Ground Zero on 9-11, was ordered to pay $250,000 in restitution and complete 250 hours of community service after pleading guilty to third degree grand larceny.


Lee Ann Torrans

McKinney Texas Disability Attorney