12 On Your Side: Social Security lists 9-year-old under wrong address

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, March 6, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- No little girl should ever have to struggle with the health problems that 9-year-old Mykayla Taylor deals with on a daily basis.

For that reason, Tracy Taylor has been fighting with Social Security to get her daughter on disability.

"I called to just update some information and the lady I was talking to said they had mailed me out some information out on Feb. 2," Taylor said.

She says the last time Social Security sent her something in the mail was in late December.

"Well, she said, 'We mailed it to your address in Burlington, Ky.' I said, 'Well I don't live in Kentucky,'" the mother said.

Taylor is worried someone in Kentucky now has very personal information about her daughter. She says Social Security told her they would look into her case. However, Taylor decided to do her own investigating and Googled the address they had on file for her daughter.

"A picture with this address here belongs to this man and it had his picture and he's a registered sex offender that he lives at this address that the Social Security has on file for me and my daughter," Taylor said.

Taylor said was horrified to know her daughter's information may have been sent to the home of a registered sex offender. She says Social Security told her the mix-up happened because of the similarities in both her name and the sex offender's name.

"If I had not called the day before yesterday, no telling how long this would have been going on," she said.

Taylor said Social Security has since corrected the problem. She also said criminal investigations told her the sex offender no longer lives at the address they had on file.

Taylor still worries her daughter's information may be at risk.

"This is something that could follow her the rest of her life," she said.

12 On Your Side contacted the U.S. Social Security Administration, but they would not comment on Taylor's case.

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