Audit: US sent $1.4B in virus relief payments to dead people

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1.1 million coronavirus relief payments totaling some $1.4 billion went to dead people, a government watchdog reported Thursday. Legal and political issues hang over the misdirected taxpayer funds, the latest example of errors in massive aid being dispensed at crisis speed. More than 130 million so-called economic impact payments were sent to taxpayers as part of the $2.4 trillion coronavirus relief package enacted in March. The Government Accountability Office, Congress' auditing arm, cited the number of erroneous payments to deceased taxpayers in its report on the government programs. While the government has asked survivors to return the money, it's not clear they have to. It also may be a politically sensitive gambit for
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