Thank you very much for your feed back. I am sorry, but I have no idea what you may have researched or what you may know already. At least I was able to provide you corroberation of the facts.
The time frame for the government to recover overpayments is 10 years, generally. BUT that only applies if they knew about the facts or could have reasonably known the facts.
This is the government verson of what is called discovery. The 10 year clock starts upon discovery.
Also the statutes of limitation do not apply for cases involving fraud or "acts of ommission" on the part of the beneficiary. So for example, if the income was withheld at the time or during the beneift period, then that would be a case of ommission. Then on audit, that becomes discovery.
There is no law that prohibits them from coming to you for the payments after you have become an adult. If they were to come to you while you were still a minor they would have also had to serve your parents.
The issue is based on your earnings at age 17. The issue is unrelated to being a minor but based on your earnings.
However the representative payee for the SSI should have been your parents, and they should have been responsible for telling the SSA about your overpayments.
According to the Health and HUman Services your parents as representative payees would have been liable for payment.
However, regardless of age, Social Security ruling number: 84-6C. states that both the beneficiary and the representative payee can be held liable.
find the case law representative of your situation at: http://www.povertylaw.org/poverty-law-library/case/51700/51784/51784a.pdf
Still again, if you can show that you, as a minor, you were not responsible for the overpayment, you need to do two things.
1. File for the waiver AND reconsideration on the Form SSA-561-U2
Be sure to indicate BOTH on the form.