Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneySupreme Court takes up fight over Trump financial records Congressional investigation finds Coast Guard leadership fell short on handling bullying Republicans push back on expanding paid family leave beyond federal workers MORE (D-N.Y.) said Monday that she plans to introduce legislation to end Nazi war crime suspects' receipt of Social Security payments.

The Associated Press reported that "dozens" of suspected Nazi war criminals forced to leave the U.S. have collected millions of dollars in Social Security benefits.


Maloney said she was working on a bill to prevent the Nazi suspects from being eligible for Social Security.

"It is deeply concerning that these individuals continued to receive Social Security benefits even after the Justice Department identified them as Nazi war criminals," Maloney said in a statement. "I have asked the Inspectors General to look into this matter and I am drafting legislation to terminate the benefits of those who continue to receive a monthly check."

According to the AP report, the Justice Department created a way to make suspected Nazi criminals leave the U.S. faster by encouraging them to leave voluntarily, so they could avoid the complex deportation process but still be eligible for retirement payments.

In letters to the inspector generals for the Justice Department and Social Security Administration, Maloney urged the agencies to start an investigation into the matter. The New York Democrat expressed concern that the individuals had still received federal payments even though the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations (OSI) had identified them as war criminals.

"I am particularly troubled by the notion that there is no mechanism to terminate benefits for individuals OSI identified as Nazi war criminals for whom a denaturalization process had started," Maloney wrote in the letters.

Maloney argued that an investigation would make it clear how much money Nazi war criminals received in federal payments and why. 

"An Inspector General investigation into this matter will make transparent the total amount paid and number of Nazi war criminals who received or continue to receive Social Security benefits," Maloney wrote.