9/17/2009

"Social Security Sent More than $40 Million in Checks to Dead People"

This is comforting.

Security Administration (SSA) has issued benefit checks totaling $40.3 million to an estimated 6,100 beneficiaries for months – and in some cases for decades -- after receiving notification of their deaths, according to a June audit report from the agency’s Office of Inspector General.

Approximately 1,760 of the 6,100 listed as deceased actually were dead, the government auditor estimated. The rest were alive, but had been wrongly listed as deceased.

During a sample audit in 2008, the inspector general uncovered 228 cases where beneficiaries had been receiving payments from SSA when they were already listed as dead. Of those, 88 were verified to have died. Another 140 were found to still be alive.

“SSA improperly paid these 88 deceased beneficiaries approximately $2.0 million,” the OIG report noted.

The remainder were alive, but had been reported as deceased in the federal agency’s Numident master file, a database of Social Security information tied to person’s Social Security number.

In one case, Social Security sent a deceased beneficiary monthly checks of $1,185 for 18 years until October 2008, even though she died in April of 1990. SSA had listed the New York City death certificate number on the Numident records one month after her death, but her name was not removed from the Social Security payment roll and SSA continued to send her approximately $210,000 in 222 improper payments. . . . .

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3 Comments:

Blogger be603 said...

...but how many of those dead people did ACORN register for the 2008 vote?

9/17/2009 8:23 PM  
Blogger Harry Schell said...

When my mother died, the FICA checks that came in were refunded to the feds until they could manage to quit sending them.

So for those checks that went out over 18 years, is anybody going to collect that money? Where did it go? Will anyone in the FICA unit get so much as a light tap on the wrist for such incompetence?

And any sentient wants government to run their healthcare?

Is it just madness or am I drinking the wrong booze? I don't get it.

9/17/2009 9:13 PM  
Blogger John A said...

Wait a minute!

OK, mistakenly paying dead people. Oops.

BUT!!!!!

Of 6100 "dead" only 1760 actually were? Over seventy percent of supposedly dead were not!

Or the 2008 audit: a mere 61% of those listed as dead were still alive!

Imagine if all those listed as "dead" had payments cut off. How the heck do you prove you are alive to a SocSec computer? I recall a few stories about this over the years, which indicate it is extremely difficult, but potentially thousands?!?

9/18/2009 8:43 PM  

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