Many Americans have turned to social media to share stories of misdirected pulp delivered as part of the $ 2.2 trillion bailout package passed by Congress last month, including Republican MP Thomas Massie.
Kentucky lawmaker tweeted an image from a text by a friend whose deceased father received a check for $ 1,200. The father died in 2018.
“Okay, this is crazy, but this is just the tip of the iceberg,” wrote Massie. “For me, this is a direct text from a friend. I called to confirm that this had just happened. “
Scott Salaske, financial advisor, said in a tweet that his acquaintance received an additional $ 1,200 in incentives for his deceased spouse, who also died in 2018.
Another Twitter user, Scott Gustin, noted that $ 1,200 was deposited into the bank account of her grandmother who died in 2018.
But government money given to the dead is not new, Malcolm Sparrow, who served on a panel in 2010 under President Barack Obama to oversee US recovery and reinvestment law, told USA Today .
“The United States government pays money to the deceased, the deceased, or the welfare recipients who have died for years and years,” Sparrow told the newspaper.
Sparrow said that obsolete government data could be to blame, or in more sinister cases, people could file false statements with the names of the deceased.
In 2009, more than 70,000 deceased recipients received checks sent through the Obama administration’s economic stimulus package, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a 2010 report from the Office of the Inspector General.