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Police: Man stole, returned Supplemental Security Income money

Wisconsin residents who have worked a sufficient amount of time and contributed payments to the Social Security system may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits, if a need for such benefits should arise. A disabling injury or illness expected to last at least a year is a requisite for receiving SSDI benefits.

But many people, including children and others who either haven't worked long enough or never paid into the system, still need disability benefits. For those individuals, Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, may be an option. Claims for SSI, much like SSDI claims, are often denied, in which case working with an attorney could be the surest way of receiving those payments. One woman whose SSI claim was approved recently got some good news, apparently because of the deed of a Good Samaritan.

The 44-year-old woman, who reportedly doesn't own a car, made her way to a convenience store to pick up some items. While making her purchases, she rested her pocketbook and an envelope on the counter. Inside the envelope was $781, nearly all of her monthly SSI payment. Her only other source of income was said to be food stamps.

When she left the convenience store, she took her pocketbook and the bag of items she bought, but she mistakenly left the envelope and money on the counter.

Surveillance images from the store later showed that a man, while the clerk wasn't watching, took the envelope and pocketed it.

However, an unidentified person took the money to a lawyer's office and dropped it off, and the lawyer contacted police and handed over the cash. When she heard the news, the woman was speechless. Police are still looking for the man who turned in the money, and he could actually face criminal charges. It remains to be seen whether or not he will.

SSI recipients in Wisconsin can undoubtedly relate with the relief the woman felt when her primary source of income for the month was returned to her.

Source:, "Man returns money; New Bedford woman to get her SSI cash back," Curt Brown, May 8, 2013

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