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How much went to dead folks?

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press Writer Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press Writer - Thu Oct 7, 4:19 pm ET
WASHINGTON - A government investigator says 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each went to people who were either dead or in prison.

The Social Security Administration's inspector general said in a report Thursday that $18 million went to 72,000 people who were dead. The report estimates that a little more than half the payments were returned.

The report said $4.3 million went to a little more than 17,000 prison inmates.

The payments were part of the government's massive economic recovery package enacted in February 2009. Under the law, the $250 payments were sent to about 52 million Social Security recipients and federal retirees.


Asked by tnmomofive at 8:17 AM on Oct. 12, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • My take is that 9 million was cashed by family members fraudulently?

    Govt checks are good for a year I think, so maybe those prisoners checks are just taped to a wall somewhere in a 10X10 cell until release. Too Damn bad it can't be out in circulation like they were intended to be. Does buying meth or crack stimulate the economy?


    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:28 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • jjb, buying meth or crack probably DOES stimulate the economy...if you look at it from Pelosi's pov. If food stamps can stimulate it and create jobs why can't illegal drugs!

    OP, typical govt waste imo. You can't clean up the rolls though because dead people still need to vote!


    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:06 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • WOW!!

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 10:11 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • Nice? Isn't the govy wonderful? Efficient too huh?

    Comment by tnmomofive (original poster) at 8:18 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • And when I posted the same article a few days ago...certain LIBERALS (not surprisingly) had no problem with JUSTIFYING it as a typical or "it's to be expected" mistake! The hypocrisy from the left is astounding to say the least!! *sigh*


    Answer by LoriKeet at 10:45 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • wow

    Answer by san78 at 12:39 PM on Oct. 12, 2010