What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? California
I want to report a known SSI Disability fraud, but am concerned about the consequences for reporting. "Jane Doe" is known by her circle of friends and family to receive 100% disability benefits fromm SSI for mental problems. Jane Doe has been receiving these benefits for > 5 years. However, two weeks ago, she testified under oath in a trial unrelated to SSI that she has no mental health issues of any kind. She testified that she takes no psychiatric medications and does not seek or need any treatment from mental health professionals whatsoever. Jane Doe's payee also testified that Jane "has no mental health issues, and in fact has not had any emotional stress or anxiety in over three years." Jane Doe also brought in a Licensed clinical social worker to say that Jane does not currently take nor has she needed any kind of Psych medications or therapy in "more than three years."
As you may have figured, Jane Doe has made false allegations in a attempt to gain custody of a child that she lost custody of in 2001 due to desertion and making false statements to police. It is also noteable that Jane enjoys $1,600.00 for child support for only one child, has two part-time jobs, and a six-figure bank account. I am absolutely certain of this because I am a family member who has been consulted in the past concerning Jane's personal business. I have called the SSI hotline to try to report this, but can never get through on the phone. Too, I filled out an online complaint form with an account of the alleged offense, but no one has contacted me further. I do not currently have Jane's SSN but could get it if the feds are interested in investigating this. I also offered to try to get the trial case number and/or transcript to prove that I am telling the truth. Question: Could I get in any kind of legal trouble for covertly obtaining Jane's SSN and trial information? Too, is it illegal to divulge someone's personal financial issues to the feds without permission? I would love to see justice done in this case because Jane Doe is a known swindler and hustler of sorts and needs to be stopped. Please advise.