The federal government gave away $171 million in Social Security checks to people with more than one Social Security number, The Washington Free Beacon reports.
The inspector general of the Social Security Administration discovered the payments had been given to people who possess more than one Social Security number or given to people who are deceased.
The inspector general outlined exactly what happened.
“We identified more than 5,000 instances where, contrary to Agency policy, SSA appeared to simultaneously issue monthly [Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance] OASDI benefits and/or SSI payments to individuals under both of their cross-referred SSNs,” the inspector general said.
“We also identified over 13,000 instances where SSA continued paying beneficiaries after it recorded death information on their cross-referred SSNs.”