Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

TODAY: Buchanan Co-Chairs Hearing on Social Security Fraud

Mar 22, 2017
Press Release
“We Need to Protect Our Loved Ones”

WASHINGTON — Congressman Vern Buchanan will co-chair a joint congressional hearing this morning on protecting seniors who turn their Social Security checks over to others to manage.

“Vulnerable seniors who can no longer manage their own benefits should not become victims of fraud,” Buchanan said. “We need to protect our loved ones.”

In Florida, Social Security fraud made headlines when the now-defunct Hillsborough Achievement and Resource Centers (HARC) was accused of cheating 40 clients out of their Social Security payments totaling $617,000. HARC’s chief executive officer was indicted and three other employees pleaded guilty in connection with the case.

Today’s hearing will examine the Social Security Administration’s efforts to prevent fraud in situations similar to the HARC case.

This is the second of two joint hearings examining the Social Security Administration’s Representative Payee Program. Buchanan also co-chaired the first hearing in February.

Local press can watch the hearing here.

WHO: U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, FL-16.

WHAT: Joint Ways and Means Oversight and Social Security Subcommittees Hearing on Social Security’s Representative Payee Program.

WHEN: 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

WHERE: 1100 Longworth House Office Building, Washington D.C.