The tax services send checks bearing the signatures “Mickey Mouse” and “Walt Disney”

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Rhode Island mistakenly sent hundreds of checks that appeared to be signed by Mickey Mouse and his creator, state officials say.

“Test signatures” – from Walt Disney and the animated character synonymous with Disney Co.’s sprawling entertainment empire – have replaced those required from General Treasurer Seth Magaziner and State Comptroller Peter Keenan on Division Payments state taxes, WPRI reported.

The incident was due to a “technical error” in the state’s automated printing system for refunds, Revenue Department chief of staff Jade Borgeson said in a statement.

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“About 176 checks with invalid signature lines were printed and mailed to taxpayers” on Monday, July 27, Borgeson said. “The invalid signature lines were incorrectly sourced from the division’s test print files. ”

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While most of the misprinted payments were for corporate tax refunds, the incorrect signatures were also on sales tax refund and tax credit refund checks. The state said the checks had been canceled and it would send corrected versions within a week.

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Borgeson said the division regrets any inconvenience the error may have caused and that taxpayers who believe they have received the incorrectly printed checks are encouraged to contact the division at (401) 574-8829, “option 3,” or by e -mail to tax.assist @ tax.ri.gov.

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