Social Security Fraud

The GBI has two Special Agents assigned full-time to the Cooperative Disability Investigation (CDI) Program.  This is a joint effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), in conjunction with State Disability Determination Services (DDS) and state or local law enforcement. The program consists of CDI units which investigate suspicious disability claims under SSA's programs.  Its primary mission is to obtain evidence that can resolve questions of fraud in the SSA's disability program.

This cooperative program enhances the integrity of SSA programs, promotes solvency of SSA's Trust Fund, preserves the public's confidence in SSA's stewardship, and helps state-run public assistance programs reduce fraud, waste and abuse. The CDI unit uses their combined skills and specialized knowledge to:

  • Provide the DDS with investigative evidence so it can make timely and accurate disability eligibility determinations.
  • Seek criminal and/or civil prosecution of applicants and beneficiaries and refer cases for consideration of Civil Monetary Penalties (CMP) and administrative sanctions as appropriate.

Results of CDI investigations are documented using a standard Report of Investigation (ROI), which reports the facts uncovered during investigation.  These results are then used to pursue criminal and/or civil prosecution (at the Federal and/or State level), CMP or administrative action, as appropriate. While OIG manages its day-to-day activities, SSA provides virtually all of the funding for the CDI program.  CDI units are located throughout the United States.

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