GAO: Federal Government Sent $1.4 Billion in Relief Checks to Dead People
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
The Government Accountability Office report on how the federal government has spent more than $2.6 trillion in emergency relief in response to the coronavirus found that $1.4 billion in individual payments was sent to dead people.
“As of April 30,” investigators wrote, “almost 1.1 million payments totaling nearly $1.4 billion had gone to decedents.
The GAO noted the government had problems delivering individual relief checks, making both fraud and payments to the dead possible. The GAO said the IRS should “consider cost-effective options for notifying ineligible recipients how to return payments.”
Part of the reason why dead people got checks is that the IRS has access to the Social Security list of death records, but the Treasury and other agencies do not.
The IRS posted an announcement on its website saying “payments made to dead or incarcerated individuals should be returned,” but beyond that, “the IRS does not have plans to take additional steps toward recouping the payments, the GAO said.”
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The question is: How many of those checks were cashed, deposited, or spent?
Another waste of our taxpayer money. Such gross negligence.
it’s been going on for millennium, I saw plenty of it 35 years ago, during my military career. I doubt it will ever stop.
Were these checks cashed, by who. I was told if the IRS makes a mistake and issues me a check by mistake, always send it back. It is my responsibility to not cash it, as I will be held responsible. These government checks must be issued in the same understanding IRS checks are. Hold those who cash them accountable. The bank must have appropriate ID to cash checks. Hold all, including banks accountable.
pipe dream what you smokin’ they will make no effort to recover this money $26 T in debt
And they want us to trust them to mail out ballots to people for an election?
Sounds like some deaths were not reported or the GAO had no knowledge of the deaths. Or, maybe the illegals got hold of dead peoples SSN’s. Any thing is possible here folks!
So, our government is not only totally corrupt, it’s also inept? I’M SHOCKED i TELL YOU, SHOCKED!
So glad the they aren’t going to be tracked down – especially those were labeled sent by Nancy. There’s enough money inputs this late to fund so many things and I’m sure that those that were sent to the dead were cashed by the dead because the integrity of our people is so high anymore as they follow the example of many of our politicians. I guess if you are alive it takes longer because I just got mine last week. Would be nice though to think the the people who received these needed them and didn’t just “steal them”.
I know three dead people who got checks….and the government doesn’t make it easy to return them.
wasting money is nothing new, back in 1965, Johnson’s Great society, fighting poverty, poverty was at 30 percent, the government spent 5.5 trillion dollars, between 1965 thru 1979. After spending all that money, poverty jumps to 35 percent.
What else is new this has been going on for years now if someone in the White House that’s interested in where the tax payers money has it’s being spent so time for all to be concerned how we elect
What else is new this has been going on for years now if someone in the White House that’s interested in where the tax payers money has it’s being spent so time for all to be concerned how we elect. Just post
How many officials in the District of Criminals (elected and bureaucratic) wake up in a cold sweat after experiencing a nightmare of non-woke/awakened taxpayers “protesting” with pitchforks and flaming torches? (Answer: not enough … YET!)
Now get these decedents removed from the voter roles!
My immediate guesstimate tells me that a team of 100 working to determine the validity of checks which have been sent to illegitimate recipients could receive a very handsome salary while still returning a very generous sum to the U.S. Treasury in the form of future corrections to the payment list .