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1. The office of inspector general [OIG] investigates a variety of situations that may be considered fraud. Social Security applicants and beneficiaries are required to give accurate information about their income, living arrangements, medical condition, and other things that affect eligibility for benefits. They also have to tell SSA when this information changes, for example, when they move, or start working. The consequences for this is can be criminal prosecution and/or civil monetary penalties [more likely]. SSA can impose up to $5,000 for each time a person lied or withheld facts. And, it can also make the person repay up to twice the amount of the benefits that they received fraudulently. If SSA investigates and imposes a penalty, SSA can collect it through administrative actions, including withholding future benefits.
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2. Yes, he can be convicted of aiding and abetting in social security fraud. See this link for a story.
3. If he reports you and the SSA decides to investigate, then yes they will want to know how you are able to afford the hotel. If it gets to this point, then you may want to cooperate in exchange for their written agreement to only impose civil monetary fines and not pursue any criminal prosecution. For example, in the case of the Washington State woman, SSA negotiated a civil penalty settlement with her in which she agreed to pay $38,844; which included her $18,844 SSI over-payment and a $20,000 penalty.
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