Could 11, 2022
By KAREN VELIE
A 100-year-old Paso Robles girl had her month-to-month earnings ripped away after the Social Security Administration despatched her a letter stating she had failed to supply required data, particularly proof that she doesn’t have unreported earnings.
Raised on the household ranch in Orcutt, Mary Ann Delkener labored as a maid and a nanny, and was typically paid money. Because of this, she didn’t pay sufficient into this system to obtain customary Social Security advantages. Delkener, who by no means married, bought the ranch, made good investments and lived comfortably in Paso Robles.
Whereas in her 80s, she acquired a devastating blow, a trusted funding advisor had taken her life’s financial savings. Delkener then moved in together with her niece and utilized for Supplemental Security Revenue (SSI), which paid her $693 a month.
Final summer time, a Social Security consultant knowledgeable Delkener that they thought the then 99-year-old was receiving unreported earnings, and that she wanted to go to the IRS workplace in Santa Maria with a view to get extra data. Nevertheless, IRS staffers wouldn’t present any data and despatched her again to Social Security.
Following the unproductive go to to the IRS workplace, Social Security workers knowledgeable Delkener they suspected she had a retirement account with Wilmington Belief.
On Aug. 12, 2021, the Social Security Administration despatched Delkener a letter saying the cancellation of her month-to-month funds, in accordance with the letter.
Six days later, Wilmington Belief Vice President Jennifer Matz despatched Social Security a letter informing the company that Wilmington Belief “didn’t have any accounts and isn’t conscious of any earnings being paid to Ms. Delkener,” in accordance with the letter.
A month later, Delkener requested Social Security for reconsideration as a result of she doesn’t have an account with Wilmington Belief, however was denied due to COVID-19 restrictions, Delkener’s niece stated.
At 100 years previous, Delkener has issue getting out of the chair she likes to sit down in whereas watching tv within the household room, and wish to purchase a elevate chair. However with none earnings, she is unable to make the acquisition.
Social Security advantages are presupposed to be a security internet for folks of retirement age, or folks unable to work due to age or sickness, or after the demise of a member of the family. Social Security typically pays U.S. residents between $690 and $3,400 month-to-month.
CalCoastNews tried to succeed in the Social Security workplace in SLO by telephone on two events, nobody answered the calls after a reporter waited on maintain for greater than an hour every time. The workplace just isn’t at present open to the general public.