TN 31 (08-05)
GN 00307.771 Cases in Which Philippine Evidence of Death Must Be Verified by the Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in Manila, Philippines
Fraudulent claims have been found in which the NH's death was recorded in a community other than the one in which he died (or records altered) to show a date earlier than the actual date of death. The falsified date resulted in insured status which would not have existed using the actual date of death.
SSA verifies evidence of death in the Philippines if the:
EXCEPTION: This does not apply to claims which are denied or those in which the evidence of death is a record established by a U.S. Government agency.
Verify the death record by comparison with the NCSO records if possible. To establish that the record does not exist, search from the date of filing back to the alleged date of death.
Flag cases in which the proof has not been verified because of a denial to alert those handling a subsequent claim to the need to have the death certificate verified. Show “NOTE THAT PHILIPPINE DEATH CERTIFICATE MUST BE VALIDATED UNDER GN 00307.771 PRIOR TO ANY AWARD ACTION ON THIS SSN.”
NOTE: Flags on older claims show a reference to FOM 3688ff. or GN 00307.768.