Sources: Social Security judge accused of deciding cases on sex appeal retires

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The federal administrative law judge accused of describing claimants as “buxom” and “gorilla-like” has left the Social Security Administration, the agency confirmed Wednesday.

John Pleuss retired on Dec. 31 from SSA’s scandal-plagued Madison Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation tell Wisconsin Watchdog.

Doug Nguyen, communications director for SSA’s Region 5 based in Chicago, confirmed Pleuss is “currently not employed by the SSA.”

The spokesman did not answer whether Pleuss left voluntarily or was fired.

“Judge Pleuss in not currently a Social Security employee and we cannot comment on personnel issues,” Nguyen said in a follow-up email.

Whistleblowers and others with knowledge of the federal investigations into Pleuss’ conduct said that the embattled administrative law judge has retired.

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