Social Security fraud is a growing problem and those that are found guilty of committing these types of fraud, can face both civil and criminal proceedings. Those that are victims of social security fraud, should immediately report that fraud to the Social Security office, as well as seek legal counsel.
In some cases, individuals may not be aware that they have been victims of social security fraud. It may in fact be a loved one that realizes that an act of fraud has been committed. It is in fact often care takers that take Social Security checks or utilize the funds without authorization.
Social Security fraud is considered a serious crime and individuals may be able to sure for restitution. However, during the criminal proceedings, the judge may also order that the funds be returned to the victim.