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Penalty Applies to Convicted Person Only

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1839. Penalty Applies to Convicted Person Only

1839.1 Does the penalty apply to others entitled to benefits on the convicted person's record?

The penalty applies only to you as the person convicted of subversive activities. It does not affect the rights of others who are entitled to benefits on your Social Security earnings record. Their benefit rights and benefit amounts are based on your earnings before and after the conviction.

1839.2 Is the right to the lump-sum death payment affected by a conviction?

Your right to the lump-sum death payment is not affected by your conviction for subversive activities. The payment may be paid to you if you are otherwise entitled to the payment. The lump-sum death payment may also be paid on the full earnings record of a worker convicted of subversive activities.

Last Revised: March, 2001


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