Skip to comments.Dead Woman Gets Federal Stimulus Check
Posted on 05/12/2009 6:01:16 AM PDT by SES1066
ANNE ARUNDEL, Md. -- Millions of Americans on Social Security are receiving $250 checks as part of the president's stimulus plan -- including an Anne Arundel woman who died more than 40 years ago. ...
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The agency blames the error on the strict mid-June deadline of mailing out all of the checks, which didn't leave officials much time to clean up all of their records.
And we wonder why the liberals think more government is better. I guess that I have to agree that no one can spend MY MONEY with less concern or intelligence than the GOVERNMENT!
Stimulating a dead woman is against the law in some places.
Well, the democrats are just paying off a major voting block.
LOL,, made me smile dangit!!
I’m sure some (many?) of these checks will be cashed and the feds will be none the wiser.
When do they propose to actually do their JOB?! Inquiring minds want to KNOW! Bureaucracy at its finest!
I agree - 40 years is much too short a window of time to clean up records. They should get at least 100 years.
These are the folks who will be running our health care system.
Think how many of these checks actually went out to people who are dead—but someone else is collecting in their name—this was just a payoff to some of Obi’s friends.
Still, before those checks could get delivered yet other recpients would die.
With direct deposit there's less of a problem but the government frequently has to go to the heirs to "collect".
Payments to dead people will be recovered.
Tip of a multi-billion dollar fraud-laced iceburg courtesy of the Kenyan’s porkulus debacle.
this was simply a reward she received for voting for obama in the last election...twice.
No surprise here...
Millions of dead head welfare leaches and broodmares have been getting federal checks for decades.....
It is not unusual for the dead heads to recieve these checks over several generations as their only form of income.
The feds know and they collect.
Hmmm. 40 years ‘eh? Let’s see; that would mean she voted (at least once) for McGovern, Carter, Dukakis, Mondale, Clinton, Gore, Kerry, and “Uh”bama. Did I leave anyone out?
Are you stupid. The $250 is needed to pay the acorn worker that has to include this dead citizen in the census in 2010 and include this important person in the voter roles. Wake up, this is change, change voted for last year.
I want to know how many elections she voted in since she has passed? If she was getting SS benies and who got them.
I think that’s a metaphor for the whole stimulus and bailout program.
We’ve been giving billions of dollars to dead companies for months now.
Where’s “Sheriff” Biden on this?
WHY NOT??? She voted, after all.
Having said this, I find your reply puzzling. Are you excusing a 40 year old error (actually at least 41 years) by this explanation? I am a database programmer and yes I have worked with very large files for private industry (telephone company). If I had an anomaly like this pop-up, I would be in BIG SWEAT because it indicates very bad data POTENTIALLY in the system. Granted a single error can be shrugged but the article indicates "THOUSANDS" of errors are possible. Your explanation of and for recently deceased is logical, this incident is not!
“Payments to dead people will be recovered.”
Hmmm...I have little faith in that. How DO they KNOW someone is dead. IOW...my Aunt Tilley died last week. So I don’t report her death...I just keep receiving and depositing her check?!!!Better yet..I’m 84 years old...so I sell her social security card, bank accounts and all other ID to the 52 year old unemployed woman down the street.....for $35,000.00
the dead lady deserves that check, after all she’s been a loyal voting maryland democrat for the past 4 decades
Yes, you are only covering the Presidential races. This was in ANNE ARUNDEL, Md. and while Anne Arundel county is one of the more reliably Republican counties among the heavily-populated suburban and urban counties in the state's Baltimore-Washington corridor, it is still in a heavily Democrat State. So add votes for Senate, House and local races.
Actually, we may be able to credit a non-Democrat for bringing this error to public attention. Do you think a less principled family would do anything other than cashing it and waiting to see if anybody says boo?
I bet she still votes for democrats!
My first wife died six years ago, and I get mail, both from the government and private industry for her almost daily.
Give the rate at which it continues to pour in, I suspect in 40 years it will still be coming.
Do a google.com search for "how to stop unwanted mail" and that will give you 1.44 million places to look for assistance. I'd try something out of the first dozen or so though.
This is true in matters of government checks sent to dead people as well as in murder.
SOMEONE ELSE FINDS OUT and that's the end of that. Frequently its a funeral home ~ they NOTIFY OTHERS ~ ALWAYS!!! The emergency rescue crew that came ~ certainly you don't imagine they failed to report something.
Then there are the folks the dead person owed money to ~ they definitely look into these matters.
The ONLY way I've seen anyone evade the authorities is to keep the body in the house, and lead others who knew the dead person to think he or she was still alive but off "visiting". Plus, the dead person must not have had any bills to pay.
E.G. Pedro Rodriguez probably drops dead several times a day in Queens, NY, and Jesus Gonzales does that in San Juan, PR.
Once the correct person is "deleted" from your data base, then you're done with it, right?
Having worked with Social Security/Treasury people on this problem over the years (which comes up anew with every change in technology), I'm sure at least one case, if not thousands, could exist.
However, the story here is about ONE WOMAN who died 40 years ago, and 10,000 others who died more recently. The 40 year thing is an anamoly. The 10,000 others are simply the normal rate.
Remember, deaths are not reported to Social Security instantaneously yet the checks are continually spat out by the machines.
The only surprise here is yours ~ for the folks who work in the business it's a normal result ~ but they will collect on any funds sent to dead people.
The feds know and they collect.
You may be right but if they didn't know the woman was dead after 40 years why should they know now?
That's why her presence wasn't viewed as an error in the files.
Now that they know she'll be deleted again!
One thing we don’t know is if this guy has been cashing his dead mother’s regular social security checks all these years. Could be he’s an SSA recipient and his mother was identified as his guardian. That’d leave her in the records until he’s dead.
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
Stimulating a dead woman is against the law in some places.
I am just contemplating what the late, great Rodney Dangerfield could have done with that line......
...including an Anne Arundel woman who died more than 40 years ago...
If they couldn't get her off the records in 40 years, I don't think a few extra months is going to make a difference. Sheesh
The dead receive benefits that pale compared to the corporate welfare,foreign aid to our enemies,government subsidies to abortion clinics,anti-gun groups,anti-Constitutional organizations,payments to agribusinesses(not farmers),subsidies to economically unsupportable alternate energy programs,etc.,ad nauseum,
It's been my observation that the dims get desperate in that scenario. Take the district I live in here in KY. We've been a repub stronghold in a dim state for decades, and the dims have tried everything, including trying to Gerrymander us out of existence...
“welfare leaches and broodmares”
You use the nice animal word. Try using the female dog version instead.
Fur Shur, the dead get away with very little.
I am going to buy 2 lbs. of Wagyu steak with my stimulus check.
Sorry about your loss, and I know what you mean. It just seems like 40 years it would have caught up by now......
“These are the folks who will be running our health care system.
Don’t worry. With Obama in charge, adding health care to government’s plate will be no problem. Doncha understand that the only reason Uncle Sam hasn’t had time to update it’s SS files is because it HASN’T had responsibility for 1/7 of the nation’s economy? Once the latter is in place, all past instances of government waste and inefficiency will instantaneously disappear. Obama has it all under control (didn’t you see how cool, calm and collected he was at the WHCA dinner last Saturday?); you just have to trust him!
The country’s in the very best of hands.
She voted for the President. She gets a check.
What’s the problem?
“I see......stimulus checks...for dead people”
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