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Welfare State

Social Security Pays Dead Veterans

Written by Joe Scudder

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.

Investigators compared the VA’s record to Social Security rolls and found nearly 4,000 people who were listed as dead by the VA, but were still getting checks. Some of those people listed as dead were in fact still alive, but others were deceased — and their checks never should have been paid, the Social Security inspector general said.


“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.

Read the entire Washington Times article.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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