Social Security Employee Accused of Taking Kickbacks from DC Disabled

May 7, 2014

In an ironic twist, given the stories about fraud on the part of the disabled, an SSA employee was charged last month with demanding and receiving in kickbacks from D.C. residents seeking disability benefits.  Christopher Payton was charged with receipt of a bribe by a public official.  According to charging documents, Payton used his position to convince 13 applicants to pay him in order to qualify for federal benefits or an increase in their disability payments.  After receiving the funds, Payton accessed the database and retroactively increased payments which resulted in a transfer to the individuals who paid him.  Over a five month period, he received $54,700 in bribes.

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