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The federal government recently made an error sending out $250 Stimulus Checks.
1,700 inmates in a Massachusetts Prison received a $250 stimulus check each totaling an error of $425,000 at the expense of the Social Security Administration. Spokesman for the Social Security Administration had this to say about the inmates that received a stimulus check recently.
The stimulus checks were sent out to these individuals because official records did not accurately reflect that they were in prison.
This recent find is sparking an inquiry into a broader audit on how stimulus funds have been spent and issues over the last several months. There have been complaints by the Republicans in Washington DC over how the $787 Billion dollar stimulus program has been managed this year.
House Minority leader Eric Cantor had this to say about the Stimulus Checks being sent to the inmates.
It is unacceptable for convicts to be getting stimulus funds. It speaks to the lack of oversight and accountability to have such nonsense coming out of Washington. Where is the accountability?
Even though it may be strange to hear, not all inmates are excluded from receiving the $250 stimulus check. Only the inmates who were not in prison between Nov 2008 and Jan 2009 AND met the social security income, Department of Veterans or Rail Road retirement criteria. This is a very small percentage of all inmates in prisons and detention centers across the United States.
A total of 3,900 inmates had received a stimulus check out of those, 2,200 were not in prison in the time frame mentioned above and were eligible for the stimulus check. The other 2,200 that were sent to the Massachusetts prison were not eligible. It is not known at this time how much of that $425,000 was recovered.
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