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Audit: US sent $1.4B in virus relief payments to dead people

 

Eric Gay – AP file

A stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

WASHINGTON - Nearly 1.1 million coronavirus relief payments totaling some $1.4 billion went to dead people, a government watchdog reported Thursday. Legal and political issues hang over the misdirected taxpayer funds, the latest example of errors in massive aid being dispensed at crisis speed.

As of May 31, about 160 million so-called economic impact payments totaling $269 billion were sent to taxpayers as part of the $2.4 trillion coronavirus relief package enacted in March. The Government Accountability Office, Congress' auditing arm, cited the number of erroneous payments to deceased taxpayers in its report on the government programs.

While the government has asked survivors to return the money, it's not clear they have to.

https://www.startribune.com/audit-us-sent-1-4b-in-virus-relief-payments-to-dead-people/571485432/

 

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