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Feds Pay Dead Employees
Friday, 16 August 2013

August 16--  U.S. Senate candidate Karen Handel continues to reveal how the federal government routinely wastes millions of tax dollars.  Her latest revelation reports many federal workers continue to get checks even after they're dead (which begs the question, How can you tell??)

"The 42 Days of "Only in Washington" today highlighted the fact that the federal government sent an average of $120 million in retirement and disability payments to deceased former federal employees every year for at least the past five years.

"In a September 2011 report, the Inspector General (IG) for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management found that―the amount of post-death improper payments is consistently $100-$150 million annually, totaling over $601 million in the last five years."  [SOURCE: http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=b69a6ebd-7ebe-41b7-bb03-c25a5e194365]

The Inspector General found that the son of a deceased beneficiary had been cashing his father's checks for 37 years. Taxpayers were billed for  more than half a million dollars, and the scam was not discovered until the son died in 2008.

"Like any taxpayer, I am personally offended by this waste and by a federal government that allows it to happen with our money," Karen said.  "I didn't let that kind of thing happen as Fulton County Commission Chair or as Secretary of State, and I won't accept it as your next Senator."

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