Nightly News   |  September 13, 2013

Government overpays nearly $1.3 billion in social security benefits

A GAO report says the federal government may have paid disability benefits in excess to 36,000 people who made too much income to qualify. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> says the government may have paid out almost $1.3 billion in social security disability payments over just the last three years, all of it to people who weren't supposed to get that money. some of them received tens of thousa thousands. 36,000 people may have received payments in all. the gao says the recipients worked too many hours to qualify for the money when they look at it now. the gao says it will investigate and try to get back improperly made payments.