TN 2 (06-08)

DI 27505.015 Fraud or Similar Fault - Reopenings

A. Fraud

For the definition of the term “fraud,” please see GN 04105.005B.

Refer to

  • Unrestricted Reopening - The Determination or Decision Was Procured by Fraud or Similar Fault (GN 04020.010), and

  • Title XVI Administrative Finality Definitions – Fraud (SI 04070.005A.11.).

B. Similar Fault

For the definition of the term “similar fault,” please see GN 04105.005B.

See Also

  • Unrestricted Reopening - The Determination or Decision Was Procured by Fraud or Similar Fault (GN 04020.010)

  • Title XVI Administrative Finality Definitions – Similar Fault (SI 04070.005A.12.)

C. Operating Guidelines Where Fraud or Similar Fault is Uncovered in a Prior Favorable Determination or Decision

1. When an Office Other than the Disability Determination Services (DDS) Uncovers Fraud or Similar Fault

The office that uncovers the fraud or similar fault issue refers the case to the DDS.

2. When DDS Uncovers or Receives a Case with a Fraud or Similar Fault Issue

a. If the DDS is Located in an Area Where a Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Unit Exists

Refer the case to the CDI unit.

Follow Suggested Development Techniques (DI 23025.020). A referral to the CDI unit requires management approval as explained in Preparation of the Electronic Form SSA-8551 (e8551) (GN 04111.065A.5.a.).

b. If the DDS is Located in an Area Where a State Fraud Investigation Unit (FIU) Exists

Refer the case to the FIU, using local DDS procedures.

See Special Handling of Cases That Are High Risk for FSF (DI 23025.015).

3. When it is Determined that a Prior Favorable Determination or Decision Warrants Reopening Due to Fraud or Similar Fault

a. If DDS Has the Authority to Reopen

  • Reopen per Reopening and Revising a Determination or Decision – Operating Policy-Who May Reopen (DI 27501.005B.3.);

  • Complete the disability determination actions, including reopening and revising the prior determination; and

  • Send the case to the Office of Disability Operations (ODO) or the appropriate Processing Center (PC).

  • Refer to Disregarding Evidence (DI 23025.025) for pre-effectuation review.

b. If a Disability Hearing Unit (DHU) or the Office of Medical and Vocational Expertise (OMVE) Made the Prior Determination

Send the case to the DHU or OMVE, as appropriate.

c. If an Administrative Law Judge or the Appeals Council Made the Prior Decision

Send the case to ODO or the PC, as appropriate.


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DI 27505.015 - Fraud or Similar Fault - Reopenings - 04/27/2017
Batch run: 04/27/2017
Rev:04/27/2017