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SI 00530.100 What is a First Party Report of Fugitive Status?
NOTE: On April 1, 2009, SSA changed its policy of not paying fleeing felons. Follow the instructions below only for felony warrants with offense codes 4901, 4902, or 4999. Follow the Martinez settlement instructions in GN 02613.860 through GN 02613.885 for all other felony warrant codes.
On May 9, 2011, SSA changed its policy and no longer suspends or denies benefits or payments based solely on a probation or parole violation warrant (i.e., warrants with offense codes 5011, 5012, 8101, 8102, or 9999 or “Blank” and an offense charge symbol of “probation or parole violation”). Follow the Clark Court Order instructions in GN 02615.100 – GN 02615.190 for all probation or parole violation warrants.
We will make additional changes to this section, as necessary, in the future.
An individual applying for SSI benefits or an SSI recipient or his or her representative payee may report fugitive status during the application process or during a redetermination interview. He or she may also make a voluntary report at any time. (See SI 02301.010 for procedures on handling SSI reports.)
Before October 23, 2000, SSI applications and redetermination forms did not include questions or reporting requirements about an individual’s fugitive status. Prior to this date, all information leading to the identification of an SSI recipient’s fugitive status came from OIG or directly from law enforcement officials.