Taxpayer money is being collected from beyond the grave. A recent report says the government paid out over $1 billion in benefits to dead people in 2018 alone.
The money went out in the form of social security, Medicare and Medicaid payments, as well as federal pensions.
Social security isn’t always getting notified when people die, so they keep sending the checks and someone cashes them.
“Taxpayers for Common Sense” is calling for change.
“Their family member or somebody else continues to cash the check and that’s fraud,” said Stephen Ellis, with Taxpayers For Common Sense (TFCS).
Social Security does receives death notice information from multiple sources including families, banks and other government agencies.
Congressman Greg Steube has introduced a bill that would require social security to start checking on people who are 105 and older to make sure they’re still alive and qualify.
“Will this additional requirement really yield that much in the way of savings? I hope so,” Ellis said.
If paying dead people wasn’t bad enough, the same government report found that in 2018, $151 billion went out in improper payments.
That means checks went out to the wrong person or wrong amount.
Since 2003, improper payments totaled $1.5 trillion.