The Journal report also found that nine of the 10 top U.S. zip codes for workers collecting Social Security disability benefits are in Puerto Rico.
Allegations of widespread fraud in Social Security disability claims in Puerto Rico are being investigated by the SSAâ€™s inspector general.
The investigation stems from the closing of a pharmaceutical plant where 290 of 300 laid off workers filed for disability benefits using the same doctor, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The inspector general, Patrick Oâ€™Carroll, made reference to the matter in remarks at a disability-examiners conference. Assistant inspector general Jonathan Lasher wouldnâ€™t comment on the case but said, “The office of the inspector general is continuing to pursue any number of fraud allegations in Puerto Rico related to the Social Security disability program,” the Journal reported.