My mentally disabled son must pay back $15K in Supplemental Security Income!

By Palmdale resident Snyder Ronay

I’m writing because I have a son with a mental disorder who was collecting SSI. They cut his check because I had his name on a bank account so that when I passed away, he could get the money and close the account.

My son did not have anything to do with the account, nor did he write any checks or use a debit card for this account.

I got a letter saying that my son has to repay the SSI that he collected in the amount of $15,499.

He does not have a job nor do we have the money to pay this back.

I had to close my bank account with Bank of America because they would not take his name off the account. I closed the account as the only way to take him off, and he still got his check taken away.

He also cannot have more than $1,500 of life insurance.

My son cannot have anything in his name left to him when I do pass away. If he does, the state of California will take it away. This state and country really sucks. I will fight to the end.

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  11 comments for “My mentally disabled son must pay back $15K in Supplemental Security Income!

  1. AVGirl
    July 29, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    It is all about assets. Him being on an account would be considered an asset, same as the life insurance policy. Did you think that the government would just hand out money with no strings attached?

    It also sounds like you are his payee. I am wondering if fraud charges aren’t being considered for this as well.

  2. Nancy P
    July 29, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    “Moms” get their kids declared “disabled” due to ADD or ADHD and collect a monthly check for them from the time they are young kids. When the kid turns 18, they get the check. Wow, why work, when you can collect your disability check, food stamps, and section 8 housing?

    • AVGirl
      July 30, 2013 at 7:19 am

      As a rule, if you receive SSI/SSDI in CA, you don’t receive food stamps. CA adds in a little extra to the Federal amount instead of offering food stamps. If the child is a minor however and the family qualifies for food stamps then the family would receive them as a whole. Adults who receive SSI/SSDI would not receive them though.

      I know 6 of one, half dozen of the other. Oh and just because a person receives SSI/SSDI doesn’t automatically qualify them for section 8 vouchers. There is actually something like a 3 year wait for vouchers currently.

      • P Greene
        July 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm

        If the person on SSI is having 1 baby after another, they are getting WIC and Food Stamps.
        Before he (and she), started having babies every 2 years, they did not get food stamps. They, however, did have the homecare benefit to pay a fraudulent homecare person to take care of them a few hours everyday. Homecare check, paid to a relative, different last name for doing nothing. The people getting SSI are all tatted up, invoking Sister and Brother of Jesus.
        The 3 year wait for housing vouchers is a non issue. They get their criminal records stricken and pay some clerk an extra $400 to jump to the top of the housing list. Or they live with someone else on the program. Against the rules, I know, but they do it and we don’t have the investigators to check into it.

    • Desert Rat
      July 31, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Wow, let’s just blanket people into the category of screwing the system. Let’s not assume that her son actually is mentally deficient and will not work ever in his life. Also, I’m pretty certain the government isn’t stupid enough to let kids with ADD or ADHD be considered disabled when these conditions are treated with medication (or in my opinion a good spanking), and every person I know that has ever had ADD or ADHD has the ability to work, and is therefore not disabled. I love how so many people in the Antelope Valley are uninformed and just plain ignorant.

      • Nancy P
        August 1, 2013 at 11:34 am

        Why would you want to put all people in the category or “screwing” the system? My comment was for the people who do exactly that. Not everyone, by any means.
        I hope this woman is able to straighten out whatever misunderstanding she may have on behave of her son.
        There are many ways to make sure someone has access to your funds in the event of illness. There are other ways to insure her son has access to the funds in the event of her death. If she is worried about burial, maybe she should prepay.
        See a Lawyer, but don’t expect special treatment. Ignorance is only a defense when it comes to union jobs.

        • Desert Rat
          August 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm

          then why would you even post anything about “moms” (because apparently you can be a fake mom?) declaring their kids ADHD? You were the one blanketing, you are an idiot.

          • Nancy P
            August 1, 2013 at 10:04 pm

            Your response makes no sense and is off topic. I think NAME CALLING IS AGAINST THE RULES, RAT.

  3. A. Richards
    July 29, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Love how social security goes to people that have never worked a day in their life…. Hope a couple bucks of my money being put in this pot is there for me……

  4. Phony Scandals
    July 29, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    SSI does NOT allow you to have a certain amount of money.They make that perfectly clear when applying. Putting him on your account was obtuse on your part. You should have spoken to an attorney to find out the best way to leave your son money upon your death. I would still contact an attorney to find out you and your sons rights. Good Luck!

  5. Corinne A.
    July 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    If you had paid attention when your son’s SSI began, they told you about these facts. My son also is on SSI with a permanent disorder, and will likely never have a job of any kind. When we began the process of getting him on SSI the case worker very clearly pointed out that not only would my son not qualify if his name was on any account that had money in it, but that his monthly check was based on not only his income, but his assets. If his name is on an account, no matter if it is his money or not, it is considered HIS asset. I strongly suggest people really listen to what government people tell them when it comes to benefits, and such.

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