(KMOV.com) -- Tens of thousands of Americans may have been overpaid by Uncle Sam.
A new report from the Government Accountability Office found 36,000 people were given disability payments they weren’t eligible for.
To qualify, recipients go through a five-month waiting period, where they must not earn more than $1000 per month.
In one case, the watchdog agency says a physician was earning $22,000 per month during the waiting period, and was still paid $90,000 in benefits over three years.
The Social Security Administration says its disability payments are more than 99 percent accurate and will recoup any improper payments.