Jan Brewer Investigated by Feds Over Criminally Insane Son's Social Security Benefits

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Governor Jan Brewer
Federal authorities spent more than a year investigating Governor Jan Brewer's role in collecting Social Security benefits intended for her mentally ill son, Ronald, who currently is in a state hospital after being found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1990 on kidnapping and sexual assault charges.

The federal government, according to the Arizona Republic, which broke the story, was trying to determine whether $75,000 in benefits were improperly paid to the governor on behalf of her son.

Yes, Brewer is the same governor who earlier this year cut healthcare benefits for an estimated 135,000 poor Arizonans.

Federal prosecutors have declined to charge the governor with any crimes, unidentified sources told the newspaper. The sources go on to call the investigation "highly political."

Brewer's office declined multiple interview requests, and the paper was unable to determine the scope of the investigation because state and federal agencies refused to reveal information about the probe.

Without the help of Brewer and other government agencies involved in the investigation, the paper was able to draw the following conclusions:

The case involves an examination of Social Security benefits paid on behalf of Brewer's oldest son, Ronald. He first received benefits as a minor after his father's death and continued to receive them as an adult because of a disability from mental illness.

In 1989, Ronald was charged with sexual assault and kidnapping. The next year, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity and sent to the Arizona State Hospital. A court commissioner ordered Jan Brewer, as Ronald's "representative payee," to direct her son's monthly Social Security benefits toward the cost of his hospitalization. The Arizona Department of Health Services, which runs the hospital, declined to release records to The Republic regarding such payments, saying the records either were protected by privacy laws or did not exist.

Court records said Ronald was receiving Social Security benefits when he was sent to the hospital in 1990. Federal law was changed in 1995, barring Social Security benefits to anyone institutionalized after being found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Each year, Jan Brewer, as "representative payee," would have been asked by the Social Security Administration to sign a form regarding her son's status. That form requires the representative payee to confirm if there is any change in the living arrangements of the beneficiary. The signature line for that reporting form states: "A person who conceals or fails to tell SSA about events asked about on this form with the intent to fraudulently receive benefits may be fined, imprisoned, or both." Ronald did have a status change in 2002. Court records show he was conditionally released in May 2002 and returned to the hospital by September 2002. He currently is confined to the hospital.

The basis of the investigation was whether Ronald improperly received benefits at any time; the amount of money in question is about $75,000. Brewer said her son is no longer receiving benefits.

Brewer issued a statement about the investigation, claiming that "to our family's knowledge, my son has never received any Social Security benefits to which he was not entitled, and all the benefits he has received have been spent entirely for his care and well being."

She says she doesn't know the specifics about the fed's investigation, and says she was never contacted by investigators.

See Brewer's entire statement here.

See the full Republic story here.
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paulahdenmon
paulahdenmon

Why is it that we always discover that the Politicians that reject benefits for others who need them, have often taken advantage of the benefits themselves?  If she and her  mentally disturbed son received the benefits legally or illegally, it seems that she should be ashamed of the way that she has stood firmly against anyone else who deserved help from Arizona. . 

allenbmeangene
allenbmeangene

The U.S. Constitution prohibits the President from receiving any other income besides his or salary as President. Perhaps the Arizona state constitution ought to have a similar clause if it doesn't already.

lynnguist
lynnguist like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

I think that if she were my mother I'd be nukin' futs too!

It was really nice of them to use a 30 year old photo

azstateworkers
azstateworkers like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

Not to mention the special services he got at the hospital... like state employees driving him to work and to visit his family.  Every other patient has to get their own rides or take the bus.  They also have to earn their way into lesser restrictive housing but he got in due to special treatment.

paulahdenmon
paulahdenmon

@azstateworkers   Please make your klnowledge of the special benefits given her son known to the Media.  The rest of us are just guessing... You know the Truth... thanks for your comment.

cpmondello
cpmondello like.author.displayName 1 Like

Just another big government socialist pretending to be a conservative.

Oklahomabarry
Oklahomabarry like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 6 Like

What a hypocrite. When her constituents need benefits they're "milking the system". But her son is getting "only the benefits to which he was entitled".

coreypaul
coreypaul like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 4 Like

white trash has always been populated by republicans and conservatives

Klongpatriot96
Klongpatriot96 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 4 Like

What a hypocrite. She is consistently inconsistent.

HNon
HNon like.author.displayName 1 Like

Must be a family affair.

Deborah Kitzul
Deborah Kitzul like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 4 Like

fraud, are they certain the right insane person is locked up ?

Mark Robinson
Mark Robinson

Mountain out of a molehill...and a tempest in a teapot.....can't stand the woman...but she is not  deserving this bullshit.

DM
DM like.author.displayName 1 Like

Yes she is.

AlessandroMachi
AlessandroMachi

This is stupid. A new law cannot retroactively take away someone's lifetime benefits that have already been awarded.  How much taxpayer money did the federal government waste on this investigation?

sivam1950
sivam1950 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

The laws about recieving social security was set by the president in 1935 when ss first came about as a retirement tool for all who work. It also said it would be taken out of pay along with taxes. Our children that deserve social security cannot be incarcerated in any institution for any felony and recieve benefits. He is not exempt.. She knew that and if the ss administration felt that she committed fraud then it should be investigated. She is no different than anyone else. If the poor people who committ fraud have to be prosecuted.  What makes her exempt? I as a taxpayer am happy that she was investigated and guess what she did committ fraud but after all she is a friend of Romney's and Ryan and that is why she is still the governor.

 

fairymagic13
fairymagic13 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Allesandro, Social Security DISABILITY program is not a "lifetime benefit".  Social Security INCOME is.  The funds in questions are for SS Disability.  You are stupid.

alison hicks
alison hicks like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

Jan Brewer & Sheriff Joe Arpaio her Buddy keep getting away like criminals...A crime is a crime. Throw them both in Tent City with the mice and inhumane deathly conditions. BREWER AND APRAIO ARE SO GUILTY. Average people without connections would be in TENT CITY JAILS WITH MICE AND NO BAIL. How do they get away these criminal crimes? Only Politics, but this twosome is worse!

Lizernst
Lizernst like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

Why is it OK for him to receive government assistance for his hospitalization and not everyone? I hate these hypocrites in the GOP.

KeithBender
KeithBender

The repayment plan seems like a 20 year schedule for this amount. But Entitlement attitudes are not limited to the GOP's usual scapegoats.

Rich Schanno
Rich Schanno like.author.displayName 1 Like

Ahhh fine repulican values at work!

grimalkintoo
grimalkintoo like.author.displayName 1 Like

If Brewer were MY mother, I'd probably be judged criminally insane, too, for having committed matricide, unless the courts decided it was justifiable.

Roland Yeldell
Roland Yeldell like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Once again it shows the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, and just think we only thought Jan Brewer was insane.

Boris Gutierrez
Boris Gutierrez

If at a republican presidential primary debate somebody from the audience was to ask about support for mentally ill patients that have been convicted of a crime the audience would surely yell out "Kill Him".  

Ryan Allen
Ryan Allen

Only a bunch of hypocritical religious minions, with ethics stuck in the dark ages, would be so vile.  You and Ms. Brewer both are perfect examples of how civilization has failed, and humans are mostly detestable.

tjw1031
tjw1031

tHIS IS WRONG IF YOU ARE INSANE IT SHOULD GO TO THE INSANE PLACE WHERE THEY KEEP THE WITCHES KID,NOT HER SHE HAS HER OWN INSANITY ISSUES

Angelaheller45
Angelaheller45 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 5 Like

Jan Brewer is an absolute disgrace to the American people.  I am sick and tired of how she treats the President of the US.  It does not matter whether you personally support or reject President Obama, BUT IT IS TRUE that the majority of Americans voted for him and therefore should get the respect due to the fact he is our President.  Jan Brewer are like all the other Republicans we allowed to win in 2010 because democrats and independents were upset and the attack of the American people was doomed by those who did not vote.  Now the rest of us in all states that have this racist, obnoxious, DEVIL worshipers who have to go through a lot to replace them.

Start looking at what the Koch brothers are doing to our colleges.  Money DOES BUY the devil, it is up to the rest of us to stop them.  We will never be able to stop them with $$ but we can stop them by uniting and fighting back (peacefully) until we win as we have to WIN.....

Joe to Jan
Joe to Jan like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 4 Like

What does this say about people who support her. When a women commits fraud, and her son is a rapist. She denies people help when they are sick and poor.  She has the audacity to point a finger at the POTUS. Seems to me this woman is as insane as her son and needs to be punished. I am sure the president knows all about Jan and never mentioned it. He is a class act. What happened to the ethics commitee.  No wonder Arizona is the laughing stock of the country. Lets get rid of her. Time for Brewer to go she's outworn her welcome.

Eaton Fores
Eaton Fores

It's interesting that the Feds "declined" to bring charges against Jan.

TravelingPat
TravelingPat like.author.displayName 1 Like

If Brewer had pointed her finger (which was just under her pointy chin) in my face, as she did to our President, I would have been VERY strongly tempted to turn it back at the joint, so it pointed in her face, breaking it at the joint. ... Self defense, I believe...

KarenJ
KarenJ

That picture of Brewer above must either be as old as her son, or it's been retouched several times over.

Jkirk3279
Jkirk3279 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Here's the other point that occurs to me.  She's got a son who committed rape.

If a Democrat ran for office with that skeleton in their closet, how long do you think that secret would stay secret?

Karl Rove MADE UP a story about John McCain fathering a black child... and even the RUMOR hurt him.

I wonder if those that seem to think both Parties are the same ever think about stuff like this.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Looks like the Apple doesn't fall far from the Tree ...

clarence pack
clarence pack like.author.displayName 1 Like

just another republican gamming the system. glad she got nailed for cit

DennisCLatham
DennisCLatham like.author.displayName 1 Like

the elite again - abusing the ones who pay their salaries .....

Rudewaitress
Rudewaitress like.author.displayName 1 Like

More double standards!!!! She takes away from poor people while getting money for her family...she needs to go..far away!!!

john
john like.author.displayName 1 Like

if one is institutionalized, they are not allowed to collect benefits, period!

ANONYMOUS
ANONYMOUS

brewer was also a prostitute when she was 20 years old from what i hear

ANONYMOUS
ANONYMOUS

he's crazy cause she severely abused him as a child

Mymovie1111
Mymovie1111

Alison A. HicksJan Brewer & Sheriff Joe Arpaio her Buddy keep getting away like criminals...A crime is a crime. Throw them both in Tent City with the mice and inhumane deathly conditions. BREWER AND APRAIO ARE SO GUILTY. Average people without connections would be in TENT CITY JAILS WITH MICE AND NO BAIL. How do the 

Mymovie1111
Mymovie1111

Alison A. HicksJan Brewer & Sheriff Joe Arpaio her Buddy keep getting away like criminals...A crime is a crime. Throw them both in Tent City with the mice and inhumane deathly conditions. BREWER AND APRAIO ARE SO GUILTY. Average people without connections would be in TENT CITY JAILS WITH MICE AND NO BAIL. How do the 

William Keiser
William Keiser

"Jan Brewer.. ran herself on the rocks, listing to the right, has more baggage floating on her face than the hold of the Costa Concordia." - Harold Harcourt

WINSTON
WINSTON

like mother like son

Julie
Julie

RW will snatch up benefits in a NY minute, but U can't have same benefits.

Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

Only in Arizona----- $75,000.00 Paid for Rape at Knife Point!

Thank You Latter Day Saint Mommy!

You Witch!

Please enjoy your Church Today , Mrs . Witch.

C.T.R?

robcypher
robcypher

Acorn doesn't fall too far from the tree, I see.

DNichols
DNichols like.author.displayName 1 Like

"The Apple dosen't fall too far from the Tree."

This Hate filled Tea Party Witch has ripped apart thousands of Hispanic Families, and Deported Thousands of Parents even away from their Legal Children, saying "We are a land of Laws, All Laws.", and "No Amnesty".

Now She wants "Amnesty" for Felony Social Security Fraud.

I say give her what she dishes out.

What a "Latter day Saint" She is?

To: True Justice for All.

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

shadeaux14 -and the mother of this insane criminal is our current governor. What is your opinion? Could there be some genetics involved?

pg531
pg531

nature verses nurture...good question on genetics

Hargrovejones
Hargrovejones

If you've seen the picture of her raging at the President, you can guess what drove her son to become a nut case.

DNichols
DNichols

Have you ever seen the film "The Hills have eyes"?

Well in any case Social Security is for the Retired or Disabled, however not for those already being Housed, fed, and health covered by the State!

Mrs. Brewer intentionally De Frauded Social Security, and "We the People".

To: True Justice?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yes, if you are in an institution IE institutionalized you can get benefits from SS. However in this case the man is a criminal. HE shouldn't be given any benefits.

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