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New Report Shows 17,000 Inmates Received Stimulus Checks

New Report Shows 17,000 Inmates Received Stimulus Checks

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USAToday.com

October 08, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – The Social Security Administration sent $250 stimulus checks to nearly 72,000 beneficiaries who were dead, but more than half the payments have been returned, the agency’s inspector general has found. More than 17,000 inmates also received money — but they were entitled to it under the 2009 measure Congress passed.

In all, the agency disbursed $13 billion in economic-recovery payments to 52 million people who receive either Social Security or Supplemental Security Income. The agency said 99.8% of payments were accurate.

The combined total of the erroneous payments — most made by electronic transfers to bank accounts — is $22.3 million. So far, about $12 million hasn’t been returned. But the agency says lawmakers didn’t include a provision for it to recover funds sent mistakenly. As the Wall Street Journal points out, money may be just sitting in accounts of the dead.

As for inmates, who received a total of $4.3 million, Congress only prohibited payments to people who went to jail in the three months before the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed — from November 2008 through January 2009.


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    Bubblehead69

    over 3 years ago

    84 Comments

    Awesome...remember to show your support on Nov. 2...

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    bfriskey

    over 3 years ago

    980 Comments

    Gee, lay off LE and pay out money to illegals, inmates, and bankers..How nice...Remember to take out the trash on election day..... RE-Elect NO ONE

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    RogueSailor

    over 3 years ago

    1262 Comments

    4.3 million?

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    hotmomperez03

    over 3 years ago

    1902 Comments

    very nice

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    What a surprise

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    Alexander_Ott

    over 3 years ago

    572 Comments

    Wow.

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    Riot

    over 3 years ago

    516 Comments

    hopefully most of that was deducted for the victims...

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    lkdavis71

    over 3 years ago

    1068 Comments

    What a sick joke!!!

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    This doesn't surprise me at all.

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    184retired

    over 3 years ago

    3806 Comments

    Doesn't surprise me in the least. The government has proven it cannot properly oversee a program. Post Office is going broke, social security I don't plan on seeing, and a 13 trillion dollar deficit and climbilng. Go out in NOV AND VOTE!!! We need to reduce government in our lives instead of what is going on now.

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    CSP067

    over 3 years ago

    504 Comments

    Total erroneous payments = $22.3 million. And "lawmakers didn’t include a provision for it to recover funds sent mistakenly"?? How about NOT sending it mistakenly? Doesn't this government give you the warm fuzzies? Good Lord ..............

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    gammyland

    over 3 years ago

    438 Comments

    I love government!! I think we should double it's size!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    boy oh boy :(

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    grant319

    over 3 years ago

    1208 Comments

    Leave it to our government to lose twelve million dollars and pay inmates that we are already paying for.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Does this really surprise anybody?The ones who aren't crooks,are simply ignorant.I resided in the D.C. area for three years.The joke at the time was that D.C. meant "dense clowns"

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