|GAYLEN MERIWETHER, co-trustee
for the Faris William Gore Living
KENNETH S. APFEL, Commissioner of Social Security,
Appellant Gaylen Meriwether's father, Faris Gore, disappeared on July 2, 1987. The Social Security Administration continued to send benefit checks to Mr. Gore's address for several years after his disappearance. Ms. Meriwether, as the co-trustee of her father's property, received the checks and arranged for them to be deposited in a bank account. Upon learning of Mr. Gore's disappearance, the Commissioner instituted proceedings to recover over $55,000 in retirement benefits. The ALJ determined that the date of Mr. Gore's disappearance was also most likely the date of his death. The district court affirmed that conclusion. Ms. Meriwether appeals, and we affirm.
The sole issue on appeal is whether the district court was correct in agreeing with the Commissioner's conclusion that Mr. Gore's date of death was July 2, 1987. Our review on appeal is limited to determining whether substantial evidence supports the decision of the Commissioner and whether the proper legal standards were applied. Clifton v. Chater, 79 F.3d 1007, 1009 (10th Cir. 1996). We have reviewed the briefs of the parties, the applicable law, and the record in this case and affirm for substantially the reasons stated by the district court.
The judgment of the district court is AFFIRMED.
Entered for the Court
Mary Beck Briscoe
*. This order and judgment is not binding precedent, except under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata, and collateral estoppel. The court generally disfavors the citation of orders and judgments; nevertheless, an order and judgment may be cited under the terms and conditions of 10th Cir. R. 36.3.