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Report Shows Money Paid to the Dead

Report Shows Money Paid to the Dead

No post-Halloween joke here, an Oklahoma Republican shines a light on government payments, including USDA.

Administering government payments is probably no easy task, but chances are paying dead people could be avoided. That's the message in an oversight report released by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., pointed to more than $1 billion in government money sent to the dead in the past decade.

In a notice aimed at pointing to the waste in Washington, Coburn's office issued the report and he noted in a press statement that "this practice is disgraceful and, in many cases, robs the living of promised benefits." According to his staff-generated report more than $1 billion has gone to 250,000 deceased individuals since 2000.

Here are a few highlights:

The Social Security Administration sent $18 million in stimulus funds to 71,688 dead people and $40.3 million in questionable benefits payments to 1,760 dead people.

USDA sent $1.1 billion in farm subsidy payments to deceased farmers.

Medicaid paid more than $700,000 in claims for prescriptions for controlled substances written for over 1,800 deceased patients.

The information was generated by Coburn's staff after review of General Accountability Office reports and government audits.

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