- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - The state of Michigan and the federal government are partnering to launch a new unit to investigate Social Security disability fraud.

Disability fraud can involve filing multiple applications, concealing work and exaggerating or lying about disabilities.

The Social Security Administration has been doing cooperative disability investigations since 1997 and estimates $2.8 billion in savings to Social Security programs. Another $1.8 billion in savings are projected in related federal and state programs.

Government officials detailed their plans Friday in Detroit. Michigan Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan says the state unit will include a special agent, Social Security expert, disability examiner, investigative analyst and two investigators.

The Michigan unit is the first of seven the Social Security Administration plans to create by the end of the 2016 fiscal year.

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