Government Sent Stimulus Checks to Over 1 Million Dead People Totaling Nearly $1.4 Billion, Has No Plan On How to Get Them Back

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Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” but perhaps the quote should be updated to include government waste. The stimulus checks the government sent out earlier this year to alleviate the economic devastation from the coronavirus pandemic would support that argument, with nearly $1.4 billion in payments being sent to almost 1.1 million dead people.

The report comes from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), which released a report on Thursday detailing the stunning scope of the error. The GAO is the federal government’s own independent watchdog agency and reports directly to Congress on a variety of issues, audits government
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