80-year-old homeless woman finally proves that she is owed $100k in Social Security

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WASHINGTON – As it turns out, 80-year-old Wanda Witter was right all along.

Witter, a trained paralegal and machinist, moved to Washington, D.C. in the 1990s but became homeless when she couldn’t find a job.

She began accepting Social Security benefits in 2006, but the amounts ranged. When she asked why, no one could give her an answer so she refused to cash the checks.

“If I just cashed them, who would believe me that they were wrong?” she told the Washington Post.

Witter moved into a shelter and continued to try and get help for Social Security.

“They kept sending me to mental counselors. I wasn’t crazy. I wasn’t mentally ill,” she said remembering conversations she had about her three suitcases full of paperwork.

Eventually, she met a social worker named Julie Turner.

“She had all the paperwork there, neatly organized, in order. She was right all along. They did owe her all that money,” she said.

Recently, Witter received a check for almost $100,000 for back payments, according to WPXI.

Last week, she moved into her own apartment.

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