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Dead people receiving coronavirus stimulus checks

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Posted at 2:50 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 12:04:57-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Tens of millions of Americans desperately need their coronavirus stimulus check to make ends meet. Dead people don’t, but some are receiving money anyway.

The government is fielding reports of people who have died within the past two years of receiving stimulus checks.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) shared a message from a friend who says his father, who died in 2018, just received a $1,200 stimulus check.

Bob Hyland of Pennsylvania told FOX 13 News that his mother-in-law, who passed away in 2019, also received $1,200 from the government.

“We’re aware of all the survivor-related questions and we’re still working that issue,” IRS spokesman Eric Smith told CNBC.

This isn’t the first time dead people have been the recipients of economic stimulus.

Back in 2009, the Obama administration sent about 89,000 checks worth $250 each to dead and incarcerated people as part of the stimulus package meant to combat The Great Recession, The Atlantic reported.