In another post, a user of this message board suggested that those frustrated by the wait for benefits, or those who just didn't want to wait, make up a mental illness. The gist is that this person did that, and got approved based on that, and not the true disability they claimed in their original paperwork.
I truly hope no one takes this advice.
The United States Department of Justice actively prosecutes anyone they know of who has attempted to defraud SSA for benefits, either OASDI or SSI. If you google "punishment for defrauding social security" you will be shown a lot of links from .gov addresses and other websites that outline soem of the punishments.
One link I clicked on led me to pdf document on the justice.gov website, dated November 2004. Here is a cut and paste of what is said in part:
The Social Security benefits programs are
essential to the economic well-being of millions
of Americans, and fraud is a serious problem
within the Title II benefits programs. Millions of
dollars are lost each year from fraud perpetrated
against SSA by unscrupulous claimants and/or
their representatives, and prosecution of Social
Security fraud remains one of the most important
priorities of the United States Attorneys' Offices,
in cooperation with the Social Security
So I really do hope no one thinks of taking the other posters advice and defraud the SSA. Plus, they have ways of finding out that you are lying or lied, and the federal government tends to have a lot more resources to prosecute you then you have to defend yourself. Plus seriously, the stress is not worth it