While U.S veterans struggle to get disability benefits from the U.S. government, millions of taxpayer dollars are being sent to dead farmers.
According to a new government audit released on Monday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Natural Resources Conservation Service sent more than $10.6 million to 1,100 dead people between 2008 to 2012.
If that wasn't bad enough, the Risk Management Agency paid $22 million to more than 3,000 people who’d been dead at least two years.
The GAO also reported that neither the Natural Resources Conservation Service or the Risk Management Agency check Social Security numbers to see if the recipients of the checks are alive or dead, notes the Washington Times.
The GAO claimed that the Agriculture Department sent $1.1 billion to 172,801 to dead people between 1999 and 2005.
The Agriculture Department admitted that their procedures “were not effectively and consistently implemented to identify deceased individuals,” but could not pin the blame on anyone.
However, the Agriculture Department has signed an agreement to get the Social Security Administration’s death file to check if people are alive or dead before sending payments.
Source: Washington Times