72,000 Stimulus Payments Went to Dead People


stimulus-checksA government investigator says 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each went to people who were either dead or in prison. The Social Security Administration’s inspector general said in a report Thursday that $18 million went to 72,000 people who were dead. The report estimates that a little more than half the payments were returned.The report said $4.3 million went to a little more than 17,000 prison inmates.

The payments were part of the government’s massive economic recovery package enacted in February 2009. Under the law, the $250 payments were sent to about 52 million Social Security recipients and federal retirees.



  1. Just like TARP money went to non-existant Congressional Districts. We have a system that’s either pervasively corrupt or hopelessly incompetent.

  2. 89,000 out of 52 million is an error of less than one fifth of one percent with more than half being returned. I wish my company could be that efficient.99.975+ %