“Mom died in 1993, but her daughter kept cashing her Social Security checks for 24 years” (Sacramento Bee) describes a situation that I would imagine to be fairly common. Social Security checks come from the Federal government, but deaths are recorded by local governments?
How is this system supposed to work such that the Federales figure out it is time to stop sending checks? What if the Social Security recipient has emigrated to Mexico or Portugal? (Social Security checks keep coming after emigration, but Medicare entitlement is limited to treatment within the U.S., I think)
As the U.S. population keeps growing and the chance of bureaucrats and beneficiaries encountering one another in person, will this become more common?
- “Agencies can’t always tell who’s dead and who’s not, so benefit checks keep coming” (Washington Post, 2013)