Catching Social Security Disability Fraudsters in the Act


Just a few of the claims that investigators checked up on include a man, who investigators said claimed he couldn't drive or even go out alone, but then was caught on surveillance riding his motorcycle. Another man claimed he had shoulder problems and needed an electric cart to run errands, but he was caught on surveillance tossing around a football. One woman claimed to have difficulty with lifting, squatting and bending, but was caught on surveillance lifting a motorized scooter into the back of a van.

All three had their claims denied.

Every year, social security pays out more than $175 billion to people on disability, but in the last fiscal year alone, nearly 72,000 fraud allegation claims were reported to the Social Security's office of the inspector general.

"The whole purpose of the program here is to provide benefits to those who need it and when people who don't need are abusing it, I think everybody becomes outraged," O'Carroll said.

The most egregious case in the last year allegedly happened in New York City, when more than 130 people, many of them police officers and fireman who worked on 9/11 terrorist attack rescues and clean-up, were indicted for allegedly conspiring to defraud the government out of $2.2 million.

But agents say most cases are small, out of the way cases more like Criminal Coffee.

To investigate Hayes and Eglash, Rogers and his team of agents posed as cell phone company workers visiting the area, stopping in for coffee during the course of their day. Wearing hidden cameras the surveillance video they captured, proved that both of them were very social and able-bodied. On the video, Hayes and Eglash bragged about taking long walks, that Eglash had helped paint and wall paper a church over two days, and that Hayes was indeed driving.

After Rogers showed them his badge and charges were filed, Hayes pleaded guilty to mail fraud in August 2013. She is currently serving 12 months in federal prison.

Eglash went to trial in January, where the jury found him guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States and mail fraud. He is awaiting sentencing and is appealing the judgment against him.

Both Eglash, his lawyer and Hayes' lawyer declined ABC News' request for interviews.

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