Published On: Sun, May 31st, 2015

Watchdog says Nazis collected over $20 million in social security benefits from U.S.

According to an internal investigation by the Social Security Administration, more than $5.7 million went to more than 130 suspected Nazi war criminals


A US government watchdog says more than 130 suspected SS guards and other Nazi war criminals have collected $20.2 million in US Social Security benefits over the years.

A detailed report by the inspector general of the Social Security Administration scheduled for public release on Tuesday revealed the information.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report. It comes after an AP investigation revealed last year that benefits were paid to former Nazis after they were forced out of the United States.

The Justice Department used a legal procedure to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the US in exchange for Social Security benefits. If they agreed to go voluntarily, or simply fled the country before being deported, they could keep their benefits. President Barack Obama signed the measure into law in 2014. Congress reacted swiftly by passing legislation to close the loophole and bar Nazi suspects from receiving benefits.

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