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We Are Old, Ill, and the Worry and Stress Over Our Debt Are Killing Us. – Glenna

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“Dear Steve, We are seniors in our mid seventy’s very bad health. We have credit card debt because we have had to put medical bills and medicine,plus living expenses. We owe 14,000.00 and having a hard time making minium payments. HELP, our only income is our social security. We don’t know how to handle this. Our health is getting worse. ... Read More »

I’m Unable to Pay My Debts After the Death of My Husband. – Lula

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“Dear Steve, Unable to pay all debts after death of husband. Since my husbands death in 2009 I struggled to pay the debts. Finally had to stop paying on four of them. Now, Capital One is taking me to court next week. Will they be able to freeze my bank account since only Soc Sec is my only income and ... Read More »

Lost Job. Unemployment Expired. Living on Social Security. Can’t Pay Debts. – Gwen

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“Dear Steve, Lost job. Depleted Unemployment payments. Living on Social Security only. Cannot pay all debts. I lost my job of 14yrs in 2010. I have depleted all my unemployment and only have Social Security as an income. I am 71 yrs old and cannot find another job. I have $43.000.00 in credit card bills and a personal loan. Am ... Read More »

The Judge Said Being on Social Security Was Not Enough of a Reason to Dismiss Creditor Lawsuit

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“Dear Steve, Old bank secured line of credit loan – already went to court – judgment against me for debt – judge said being on SS is not reason enough to dismiss – was actively working until I had a triple-bypass 5 years ago – haven’t been able to work since then & due to high medical bills (I have ... Read More »

Check Your Social Security Benefits Online

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Nice little story out on the Public Citizen blog today that had a link to the new Social Security online portal to check your social security benefits. Apparently the Social Security Administration is not going to send out the paper statements any more but you can login to check on your benefits and salary history. The registration was a bit ... Read More »

Social Security Administration Wants Their SSI Overpayment Back. – Penny

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“Dear Steve, I am in serious financial trouble and need some advice. My family and I have been served a social security overpayment notice for the amount of close to $16,000. The ssa is going to be cancelling my son’s disability and I am trying to work on a payment arrangement with them. As I am not working and making ... Read More »

Will Baby Boomers Have Enough to Retire?

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It’s no secret that the housing bubble and recession of the last four years has caused financial heartache for many of us. One group that has been especially hard hit is the baby boomer generation. For years boomers have believed that they would retire in their mid-sixties and enjoy their golden years playing golf and traveling. They planned to fund ... Read More »

Fraud Scheme Related to the World Trade Center Site Clean-Up

A trucking company’s owners have been indicted on embezzlement, tax evasion and million dollar fraud charges related to the World Trade Center site clean-up. A thirty-one count indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn this month charging trucking company owners Gerardo P. Fusella and Vincent J. Fusella, Jr., with crimes including embezzlement, mail fraud and tax charges. As alleged ... Read More »

Commonwealth Temporary Services Owner Sentenced For “One Of The Most Egregious Tax Evasion Schemes”

It was announced on October 26, 2011 that Michael Powers, former owner of Commonwealth Temporary Services, a temporary employment agency, has been sentenced to seven years in prison in “one of the most egregious tax evasion schemes” the sentencing judge had ever come across. The former temp agency apparently ran a $30 million under-the-table payroll scheme and avoided more than ... Read More »

Adult Baby Continues To Receive Social Security Benefits – Fraud Allegations Dropped

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Stanley Thornton, Jr. was featured, not too long ago, on an episode of National Geographic’s television show, “Taboo” where his life of living as an Adult Baby was showcased. When I first came across this news story I immediately thought of an episode of CSI I had seen once of an adult man living his life as a baby due ... Read More »

True Cradle Robbers – Stealing Credit From The Cradle

It’s often not a parent’s first thought to check the credit report of their minor child, however, it may now become a necessity. Not because a child may fraudulently be using credit without their parents’ knowledge but because scammers may have stolen their unused Social Security number and identity. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) put out a warning last week ... Read More »

I’m Living on Unemployment and Social Security But In Debt. – Tom

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“Dear Steve, I am out of work and collect unemployment from florida. I also took social security at age 64 to get buy on. My wife works but will retire in Feb 2012. After all our bills not credit cars are paid we haveroughly 1200.00 left We have about 26000 in credit card debt.The excess is used for food and ... Read More »

We Live on Social Security Alone and Can’t Pay Our Creditors. – Bogey

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“Dear Lewis, My wife & I are on SS and have credit card debts of $60k. We have no savings, and SS funds to pay only about half the minimum monthly card payments. We live in Ohio and only assets are our home and car. We do meet chapter 7 income requirements, We are not sure if working with a ... Read More »

I’m 69 And Lost My Job But I Want to Pay My Debts. – Chuck

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Chuck “Dear Steve, I am 69. lost my job of 15 years 6 months ago. Am on SS and work odd jobs when I can. Have 56,000 credit card debt, Was ok while working but now am 6 months behind on large accounts, have been struggling to keep others current. I called credit repayment plan and was told I would ... Read More »

I Live on Social Security and a Small Pension and Can Barely Make It.

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“Dear Damon, I live in california and i am retired and only income i receive is social security and a small pension from a job i worked at many many years ago I have two credit cards. each have a balance of $2000.00, total of about $4000.00. i have not missed a payment or been late with a payment. at ... Read More »

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