LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two sisters who live in rural Kentucky are suing the federal government and trying to get Social Security numbers.
The women were not born in hospitals, never attended public school and only received birth certificates within the last two years after they sued the state. Raechel and Stephanie Schultz say they now need Social Security numbers in order to get a job.
Frank Viera, a spokesman for the Social Security Administration in Atlanta, declined to comment on the lawsuit or the sisters’ dilemma, citing privacy issues.
Robert Bruce, a 31-year veteran of the Social Security office, says the age of the women combined with the lack of official documentation raises a suspicion of fraud. Raechel is 29 and Stephanie is 23. They filed their lawsuit last week.