Social Security Administration
JOHN G. BENEFICIARY DOC: XXX DATE: July 23, 2007
101 MAIN STREET FW SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:
ANYTOWN, CT 00001-0000 XXXXXXXXX
IMPORTANT - READ CAREFULLY
We may be able to pay you Supplemental Security Income (SSI) because of a recent court
decision. The decision was made by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second
Circuit in a case called Fowlkes v. Adamec.
The law does not allow us to pay SSI to persons who are fleeing to avoid prosecution,
custody, or a jail term for a felony.
In the Fowlkes v. Adamec case, the court found that the Social Security Administration cannot stop SSI payments
just because someone has an outstanding arrest warrant for a felony. The court found
that the person must also know that he or she is wanted by law enforcement, the person
is evading arrest, and the warrant was issued because the person was fleeing from
We issued the Fowlkes v. Adamec acquiescence ruling (AR) to explain how we will decide other cases in the States
of Connecticut, New York, and Vermont for persons who have outstanding felony arrest
warrants. Based on this AR, beginning December 6, 2005, we will not stop the payments
of these persons unless the person knows there is an outstanding felony warrant for
his or her arrest, he or she does not resolve the warrant, and the warrant was issued
because he or she is fleeing from justice.
This ruling does not apply to persons whose payments were stopped for a parole or
You Must Ask Us To Review Our Earlier Decision
You must contact your local Social Security office and request a review of your case
if you would like us to make a new decision about your SSI payments.
If you contact Social Security, you need to provide us with the name of the court
case, Fowlkes v. Adamec, or the name of the AR, which is the Fowlkes v. Adamec AR. We may also ask you for other information to help us decide whether applying
this ruling to your case could change our prior decision.
When We Will Make A New Decision About Your Payments
We will make a new decision about the payment of your SSI only if you request a review
and we then determine that the Fowlkes v. Adamec AR could change our prior decision.
If you have an attorney or someone else helping you with your case, you should contact
him or her. You should also give him or her a copy of this notice.
If You Have Any Questions
For general information about SSI, visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov on the Internet. There, you will also find the law and regulations about SSI eligibility
and SSI payment amounts.
For specific questions about your case, you may contact your local Social Security
office. The address and telephone number are printed at the top of this letter.
If you do call or visit an office, please have this letter with you. It will help us answer your questions. Also, if you plan to visit an office, you
may call ahead to make an appointment. This will help us serve you more quickly when
you arrive at the office.
SI USTED HABLA ESPANOL
Si usted habla español y no entiende esta carta, por favor llame o visite su oficina
local de Seguro Social. Un representante de la oficina de Seguro Social le explicará
esta carta. Debe informarle que usted está respondiendo al aviso, Fowlkes v. Adamec.