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Old 09-14-2017, 09:43 AM
 
Location: WA
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I have seen numerous reports over the years that benefits continue to be paid after people are deceased so I thought I would report my recent experience.

My mother recently passed and even though the university that received her donated body said that they would notify social security her benefit was deposited the month after she passed. She was only alive for a few days the previous month so according to regulations this was not a valid payment.

After a couple of us tried without success to report her death by phone I suggested my brother drop by the SS office but he said it was crowded and he did not have time to wait in line... but he did notice a drop box for SS forms to be processed so he dropped a copy of her death certificate in the slot. That night the SS funds were transferred out of her bank account.

Apparently all we need is responsible citizens to stop most bogus payments.
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:49 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Generally its the funeral homes or coroner/medical examiner, that notify SSA,

Since you mom remains were donated, That step got missed, since guessing she skipped the movement from X to the university
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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Usually the funeral home, but also the State Depts. of Health that issue the Death Certificates ALWAYS notify SS. At the most the lag time is a few weeks. Usually less. That dead people are still getting SS is an old wive's tale.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:17 AM
 
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Usually the funeral home, but also the State Depts. of Health that issue the Death Certificates ALWAYS notify SS. At the most the lag time is a few weeks. Usually less. That dead people are still getting SS is an old wive's tale.
yes - if he was issued a death certificate - that should have taken care of it.

Now try to take them off of the voter's list is something else. You hear these stories and wonder. My sister has been trying to get her hubby off the rolls for some time. He still shows up - not to vote of course -lol.

I should go check on my mom's voting status.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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My FIL died in late 2015 in Virginia. We got a notification from Voter Registrar within 2 months that they were removing him from rolls. Lots more computers nowadays talking to each other.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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yes - if he was issued a death certificate - that should have taken care of it.

Now try to take them off of the voter's list is something else. You hear these stories and wonder. My sister has been trying to get her hubby off the rolls for some time. He still shows up - not to vote of course -lol.

I should go check on my mom's voting status.
Even though there may not have been a funeral home involved in the OP's case, I'm sure the University would not accept a donated body without a Death Certificate.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:18 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Reminds me of the ID Channel story of the lady who died in her sleep on the couch. Her sister wrapped her body in newspapers and sealed off the room.

She continued to collect her SS payments for many years. They did not find the mummified body until the 2nd sister died.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:31 PM
 
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Reminds me of the ID Channel story of the lady who died in her sleep on the couch. Her sister wrapped her body in newspapers and sealed off the room.

She continued to collect her SS payments for many years. They did not find the mummified body until the 2nd sister died.
Saw that episode too.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:41 PM
 
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^^^ did they not wonder why she wasn't using medicare?

I love dead body and murder shows. Hubs says something is wrong with me.

Very sorry I missed this show.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:53 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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SSA Does cross check medicare records when a SSA recipient is over a certain age (?90?), No records of any medical claims They then begin the verification process. To "Ensure" the person is still living.


There was a case in Florida few years ago where two sisters, One died, Second sister continued to collect SSA on dead sister account for 10 or 15 years. She even used her sisters Medicare card few times a year to generate activity. When the second sister died, they found the first sister in a freezer in the garage.
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