Officially dead veterans are receiving millions of dollars is Social Security payments.
While the VA was keeping veterans waiting until death on secret waiting lists, Social Security was paying officially dead veterans. A new audit revealed the checks have been going out, amounting to $37 million. All that wasted money is actually a best-case scenario. It is more likely that a lot more officially dead people were paid a lot more money.
The Washington Times reports, “Social Security pays millions to people VA says are dead.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs knew they were dead, but the Social Security Administration kept paying benefits to hundreds of people anyway, according to a new agency audit released Friday that says at least $37 million in bogus payments were made.
“Based on our sample results, we estimate SSA issued approximately $37.7 million to 746 individuals after they died, and will issue approximately $7.3 million more over the next 12 months if these discrepancies are not corrected,” investigators said.
The 746 figure actually may be a dramatic understatement of the problem.
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