The penalties for forging and cashing someone else's social security check include a fine or imprisonment ? or both. The amount of the fine and term of imprisonment depends on investigative findings and judgment of the court.Continue Reading
Unlawfully obtaining someone else's social security benefits, forging their signature and cashing the check is considered to be "aggravated identity theft" under the broad category of identity theft as per the Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act of 2004, according to the U.S. Office for Victims of Crime. Theft of social security benefits is a felony offense. If convicted, the offender may be fined up to $10,000, imprisoned and required to repay the amount of benefits he or she obtained. The Identity Theft and Restitution Act of 2008 adds that offenders may also be ordered to pay damages to the victim.Learn more about Is This Illegal?
It is illegal to use someone else's Social Security number in all circumstances. Fines and imprisonment can be imposed if an individual uses another person's Social Security number.Full Answer >
There are a few specific circumstances in which social security can be garnished. The only creditor that is allowed to place a garnishment on social security funds is the federal government. Garnishments can cover back taxes, default student loan accounts or back due child support.Full Answer >
As of 2014, the earliest age to collect social security retirement benefits is 62. However, benefits collected at this age are lower than the amount available to individuals who wait until the full retirement age.Full Answer >
According to the official website for the United States Post Office, opening someone else's mail is a crime and can be categorized under different offenses depending on the situation. For example, Title 18, U.S. Code Section 1708 specifies laws regarding "theft or receipt of stolen mail [of a general nature]."Full Answer >