Disability payments restored to 900 people in E. Ky., Congressman Rogers says

06/04/2015 04:53 PM

Nearly 1,000 individuals in eastern Kentucky will have their disability payments returned after a meeting between acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Carolyn Colvin and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers.

The payments had been suspended as the Social Security Administration suspected fraud on behalf of a Floyd County attorney, who had been under investigation by the U.S. Senate.

Nine hundred Kentuckians will once again receive the payments after Colvin heard from Rogers of the dire straights the Kentuckians face without the checks.

“Hundreds of folks have called my office over the last week, worried about their only source of income being cut off without notice,” Rogers, R-Somerset, said in a statement. “I shared their stories with the Commissioner and she assured me that the agency is going to beef up efforts to expedite these cases.”

The individuals and families in question will still go before judge to support their disability claims. Citing due process Rogers said it wasn’t right for the payments to be cut off without a court hearing.

“We are all determined to bring fraud to a rapid conclusion and if it exists, it needs to be handled appropriately,” he said. “But, this is the American way; you are innocent until you are proven guilty. Now our people will be able to pay bills and purchase the everyday items they need while they await the hearing they deserve.”

As the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Bill Estep has been reporting, the suspensions affected former clients of lawyer Eric C. Conn.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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