Federal Programs to Die for: American Tax Dollars Sent Six Feet Under
This report examines the problem that in the past decade, Washington sent over $1 billion of American tax dollars to dead people. The U.S. government paid for dead people's prescriptions and wheelchairs, subsidized their farms, helped pay their rent, and even chipped in for their heating and air conditioning bills. In some cases, these payments quietly gather in a dormant bank account. In many others, however, they land in the pockets of still-living people, who are defrauding the system by collecting benefits meant for a now-deceased relative. Since 2000, the known cost of these payments to over 250,000 deceased individuals has topped $1 billion. This is likely only a small picture of a much larger problem. A print on demand report.
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