Lack of accurate translations of social security documents into foreign languages can often lead to misunderstandings and even to criminal changes. But what happens in the absence of a language barrier when a person applies for Social Security Benefits on the basis of a claim that she has breast cancer, diabetes, kidney disease and post-traumatic stress disorder and then gives the Social Security Administration medical documents related to these diseases – that she made herself – not to mention claiming she only has eight to twelve months to live?
That person ends up in jail – at least in Wisconsin. And that’s exactly what a 32-year-old Wisconsin woman found out last month when she was sentenced for Social Security fraud.
However, sometimes a person receiving Social Security Disability benefits is unaware of what they can and cannot do with the benefits- particularly when they are a foreign language speaker and no foreign language translations of the Administration’s complex forms and procedures are available. For this reason, it is essential that one convey to a foreign language-speaking recipient exactly what limitations and restrictions apply.
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