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Feds: Stimulus money sent to 4,000 cons
BostonHerald.com ^ | Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | Laura Crimaldi

Posted on 08/26/2009 6:55:05 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

One day after the Herald reported some surprised Bay State inmates - including murderers and rapists - were cashing in $250 stimulus checks, federal officials revealed the same behind-bars bonus was mailed to nearly 4,000 cons nationwide.

A federal watchdog is now probing how the cons were cut the checks. The same cash also may have been sent to fugitive felons, people kicked out of the country and even individuals now deceased.

It’s all part of the massive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - and what is becoming an accounting nightmare for red-faced feds.

“President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus bill has done more to help convicted criminals than it has to actually boost our economy and create jobs,” said Republican National Committee spokeswoman Sara Sendek.

The Inspector General of Social Security is now tracing the checks that were mailed to 3,900 prisoners at a cost of nearly $1 million after yesterday’s report in the Herald.

Social Security Administration spokesman Stephen Richardson said yesterday none of the prisoner recipients receive monthly Social Security benefits, meaning they should not qualify for a stimulus check. Such benefits are generally cut off to the incarcerated.

The IG also is investigating whether any improper payments were made to dead beneficiaries, felons on the run from the law, individuals living overseas and recipients no longer legally authorized to live in the United States, said IG spokesman George Penn.

Among the 23 inmate recipients in Massachusetts mentioned in yesterday’s Herald are a prisoner convicted of first-degree murder, three prisoners jailed for second-degree murder and five convicted rapists, according to the state Department of Correction.

Richardson said five Bay State prisoners received the payments legitimately because they were legally on Social Security in a three-month period before they went to jail.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: blackhole; congress; corruption; crimepays; ma; obama; obamanomics; ratbastards; ratcrime; socialsecurity; spreadthewealth; ssi; stimulus; waste; yourtaxdollars
4,000 cons are laughing...

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1 posted on 08/26/2009 6:55:07 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

Unbelievable. The Zero shows loves to the cons by sending hard-earned tax dollars to prison inmates, some of them lifers.

Typical ‘rattic mentaliity.


2 posted on 08/26/2009 6:56:54 PM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: DogByte6RER
Wait... I've seen that deranged look before...

on Pelosi.

3 posted on 08/26/2009 6:59:02 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: myknowledge

This makes my brain want to explode!

So many people out of work. So many people losing their homes thanks to the Obama/Dem Economy.

And we send hard earned tax dollars to MURDERERS, RAPISTS, ESCAPED CONS?????

Will anybody apologize to the American people?
Will anybody be fired over this?
Will anybody be sued over this?
Will any of the money get returned????

Another day - another outrage. It just doesn’t stop.


4 posted on 08/26/2009 7:01:38 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt (Obama's Deathcare ---- many will suffer and/or die unnecessarily.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Social Security Administration spokesman Stephen Richardson said yesterday none of the prisoner recipients receive monthly Social Security benefits, meaning they should not qualify for a stimulus check. Such benefits are generally cut off to the incarcerated.

Typical gummit-quality I.T. work. Whoever designed the software never thought about one-time payments like this.

5 posted on 08/26/2009 7:03:38 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Barack Obama is a political suicide bomber and the Rats are political arsonists.)
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To: DogByte6RER

No surprise!


6 posted on 08/26/2009 7:04:54 PM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: myknowledge
"A federal watchdog is now probing how the cons were cut the checks."

My guess? ACORN vote scam lists. Fat chance Obama's "federal watchdog" is going to rat out ACORN, OBAMA, and his Czar groupies.

7 posted on 08/26/2009 7:05:35 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: DogByte6RER
Hey!

They're people too!

People who need people... /s

8 posted on 08/26/2009 7:11:11 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: DogByte6RER

Yet another Katrine-style government fiasco. And these piggies want to run your healthcare for you.


9 posted on 08/26/2009 7:12:32 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Was Teddy "Tooted"?)
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To: Nathan Zachary

Just another great government program. Fraud and goverment error. Nothing new here :(


10 posted on 08/26/2009 7:12:54 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: DogByte6RER

I guess it’s official...

Crime does pay.


11 posted on 08/26/2009 7:13:20 PM PDT by TimF
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To: DogByte6RER

4000? But there’s only 535 of them.


12 posted on 08/26/2009 7:15:06 PM PDT by kenth
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt

Unfortunately, no one complicit in this scandal will ever be brought to justice. I’d wished those complicit in the con stimulus handouts were hanged.


13 posted on 08/26/2009 7:15:07 PM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: myknowledge

Exactly right. You screw up like this in the private sector and you’re out on your bum by COB today. You screw up like this in the government and you probably get promoted. It’s the only organization that rewards mediocrity and malfeasance.


14 posted on 08/26/2009 7:20:22 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: DogByte6RER
And now the government wants to CONTROL your health care. Isn't that a comforting idea?
15 posted on 08/26/2009 7:21:36 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: piasa

I wonder if they are related ... .


16 posted on 08/26/2009 7:22:03 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: DogByte6RER
Social Security Administration spokesman Stephen Richardson said yesterday none of the prisoner recipients receive monthly Social Security benefits, meaning they should not qualify for a stimulus check. Such benefits are generally cut off to the incarcerated.

Generally ? Should be "always" cut off. Then again, lots of drug addicts get social security disability - helps 'em buy their drugs...

17 posted on 08/26/2009 7:23:17 PM PDT by GOPJ (Journalists - - stenographers for Democrats - it wasn't always that way...)
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To: myknowledge

I don’t disagree. THAT would stop some of this fraud, abuse, and criminal misconduct....but like you say we will never see these crooks in government brought to justice.

However, like Teddy Kennedy has now discovered, there IS true justice one day.


18 posted on 08/26/2009 7:39:08 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt (Obama's Deathcare ---- many will suffer and/or die unnecessarily.)
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To: DogByte6RER

In government, the women are on top.

All it can do is f up.


19 posted on 08/26/2009 7:39:21 PM PDT by Cyber Ninja (His legacy is a stain OnTheDress)
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To: DogByte6RER

People without jobs being fed and housed by the federal government while they receive government checks-as good a definition of Democrats as I’ve ever heard.


20 posted on 08/26/2009 8:08:50 PM PDT by Spok
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To: DogByte6RER

Could it be possible that some of these names, that came off “to pay” list and generated by the feds, were signed up for vote registration by acorn?

Seriously, just asking.


21 posted on 08/27/2009 6:30:48 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper
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