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Thousands of stimulus checks sent in error, report says

By Ed O'Keefe

The Federal Eye reports in Friday's Post:

The federal government last year sent about 89,000 checks of $250 each to dead or incarcerated people through the Obama administration's economic stimulus program, according to a watchdog report.
The Social Security Administration distributed about $13 billion to 52 million eligible beneficiaries in the form of $250 checks as part of the economic recovery program. The program cost $814 billion. Most of the payments were issued properly, but SSA failed to check all available payment records or was unaware that beneficiaries had died, according to a report by the Social Security Office of Inspector General.
Although SSA lacks the authority to recoup most of the money, the report estimates that slightly more than half of the payments have been returned.
About 71,600 recipients were dead before SSA certified their payments, receiving a total of $18 million, according to the report. Another 17,300 inmates received a total of $4.3 million.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 8, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
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Posted by: itkonlyyou306 | October 8, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Was this a govt contractor who designed a botched up software program? This is the same software that ended up losing 2 years of my Part B medicare premiums out of cyber escrow because there was no coding for an active federal workers comp case.
SSA has cross checks with state death records which now show social security numbers so how would this have happened? One Senator said nothing can be done? if any of those checks were cashed, the dead person didn't sign it. Granted its petty theft at $250 a piece. We did better than this back in the carter administration with those older systems and federal employees on duty and trained to know what to do.
Its been over a year and even my hearing file has disappeared out of the McAlester OK hearing office with appeals as old as 9/00 on a 21+ year old claims and no one seems to know what to do or how to solve anything and govt contractors have coup d'etated our sovereign govt and our constitutional rights. In my particular case, there's been a difference of opinion on Govt pension offset with temporary CSR payments/OWCP for almost 30 years and many problems and its time for some judges to render some legal opinions on the matter and settle it once and for all. But someone doesn't want the constitutional process to help out injured federal workers who get caught in this legal conflict. its a technical provision of laws and several different laws that merge into one problem. Congress should have addressed this a long time ago and won't do so. The law read that Medicare doesn't affect Government Pension Offset. Medicare can mean anything from payment of a doctor's bill to premiums, and ones status and there's been back and forth policies and instructions and one of my last cases in '94 before I went back out on OWCP the last time, was an injured federal worker caught in the cross fire. Now gossip is being passed around that I never worked for Social security and never had workers comp.those computer files are still intact although all my pending appeals have disappeared off of Social Security's master data base because someone ordered them deleted?Linda Joy Adams

Posted by: LindaJoyAdams | October 8, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure all those convicts and dead people will show their appreciation for the money by voting democrat in November.

Posted by: dcharlson | October 11, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

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