I am very sorry to hear this is happening to you. When the SSA determines there has been an overpayment, they have a right to collect that overpayment, that is the starting premise only. I am afraid however, that you need to now produce evidence that you were indeed disabled and unable to work as required by the SSDI guidelines and you need to file for an appeal hearing with the SSA. You are entitled to use an attorney at this hearing and if you win your case you can get SSA to pay your legal fees and you should do so. Furthermore, even if they prove you were not entitled to the benefits, your attorney has the ability to negotiate on the repayment upon proof there was no fraud and all of your work was disclosed and they continued to pay you benefits with the disclosure
, then the director of SSA can approve a waiver or reduction of the overpayment upon your proof of the significant financial hardship that the repayment and loss of benefits would cause you.
If SSA is alleging intentional fraud, you must use an attorney because the matter then has criminal implications and you should not be making any statements to anyone about the working or overpayments.
To get a local SS attorney, you need to use the same sites used by other attorneys, http://www.martindale.com or http://www.lexmundi.com and most of the times these appeals are found in favor of the recipient unless there is intentional fraud involved.
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