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SSI ‘Processing Fee’ Prompts Federal Charges

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A Social Security claims representative is facing federal charges for allegedly imposing a fee in order to “process” Supplemental Security Income claims.

A federal grand jury indicted Montrell Levelle Arnold, 42, of Memphis, Tenn. this week on two counts of extortion and two counts of bribery.

According to the indictment, several SSI beneficiaries agreed to pay Arnold a fee to process their claims.

After SSI benefits were electronically deposited into their accounts, Arnold allegedly contacted beneficiaries by telephone and text message to confirm the payments and arrange for his “processing fee.”

Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Memphis said that they believe Arnold may have taken advantage of more Social Security beneficiaries during his tenure with the agency than they are currently aware of and are asking anyone with information to contact the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General at 855-260-6353.

Arnold faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for each extortion charge in addition to as many as 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each bribery charge.

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  1. Betty Young says:

    Lock him up and throw away the key!

  2. NANCY SCIORTINO says:

    My stepdaughter has been in a home that cares for adults with autism. Her ss check which was sent straight to the home where she is being taken care of has increased double the amount. The owner who has a daughter who resides at the very same home was given the check directly to him. As the incease has come my husband would like to put the increase in her trust account for there will be no one after him to take care of connies needs. The owner adamantly told my husband that the daughter over 21 will have to leave if my husband does not have the whole check sent to him. The amount is more than double the amount of what she gets now. He threatened that she would have to go in a months time if he did not turn over the whole ss check to him. I am sad for my husband for he does not realize this is extortion and I fear for his healtlh also. My telephone number is 7868975581or email me back. Also he is the vice president of the Autism society of america and has helped many others. please answer me back soon time is of the essence

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