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If an individual on Social Security Disability is found guilty of a felony, sentenced to Jail time, will that person continue to receive disability?

1 Answers. Asked on Jun 15th, 2012 on Social Security Disability - North Carolina
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Answered on Jun 16th, 2012 at 1:09 PM

No, benefits will stop if confinement is greater than 30 days. It also depends on the type of benefits you receive to determine when the benefits stop:

SSI (Supplemental Security Income): your check will stop after you are in jail for a full calendar month, and

Retirement, Survivors or Disability benefits: your monthly benefits will stop after you remain in jail for more than 30 continuous days following your conviction date. If you are in jail awaiting trial, you will continue to get your check until you are convicted.

The source for this answer is this page on the Social Security Administration website. It is an excellent article and contains additional information.

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