1.4 billion dollars coronavirus relief payments were sent to Americans already after their death
According to an independent government agency report, the IRS distributed budget funds to all applicants without due diligence. As a result, almost 1.4 billion dollars were allocated to the Americans, who by that time were already dead.
“The Government Accountability Office said the error involved almost 1.1 million checks and direct deposits sent to ineligible Americans. The payments were part of the coronavirus aid package passed in March known as the CARES Act,” reports NPR.
The US Treasury Department, after realizing that hundreds of millions of dollars were "erroneously" sent to the dead, acknowledged that a deceased person is not entitled to this money.
"While it is essential that our constituents receive stimulus payments quickly, these improper payments to deceased individuals represent significant government waste and a burden to constituents who mistakenly accept the payments," the lawmakers said in a letter.
The wording does not specify whether the family of the deceased is eligible, but the IRS says the government will demand that these payments be returned. The official website also has a return instruction.
In addition, officials ordered additional funds to be sent to those who received “erroneous” payments and would be required to return them. It is still unknown how the US authorities will act if deceased people [families] refuse to return the money.