D noticed throughout their marriage that R
could, however, work: he showed extreme
physical capability in building things for
and around the house and taking their two
children to do things....primarily, their
oldest is in boy scouts, and R does a
lot for him and his troop. D managed
to get video evidence of R doing these
things, which would clearly make him
ineligible for SSI disability.
I am always amused by people who write that something is "clearly" something when they "clearly" don't have a clue as to whether it is or it isn't.
And in this case it isn't.
Being able to perform all those physical activities, even frequently and strenuously, does not necessarily make him ineligible for SSI disability benefits.
The criteria for disability benefits (quoted from the SSA website) are:
"Disability" under Social Security is based on your inability to work. We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:
- You cannot do work that you did before;
- We decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death."
So, he can build stuff around the house? Well, with a leg brace he's not likely to be able work construction for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.
And, given the stringent eligibility requirements, I'm guessing that the SSA might have already ruled out the possibility of him performing other kind of work.
She's certainly free to report him if she wants some kind of revenge. I have no idea if there would be any backlash against her.
Here's the fraud page: