Texas inmates received U.S. stimulus checks in error
Most of 240 payments were seized, returned by prison officials, but a few prisoners got to keep the money.
By Mike Ward
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
At least 240 Texas convicts had federal economic stimulus checks delivered to them at state prisons in a bureaucratic mix-up that federal and state authorities are investigating.
While prison officials intercepted most of the checks, nine convicts were allowed to cash the $250 checks and keep the money because they were eligible for the one-time payments to Americans receiving federal benefits such as Social Security, officials confirmed Tuesday.
“We caught this because of the procedures we have in place,” said John Moriarty, inspector general of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, which runs the 154,000-convict, 112-prison system. “We think we caught everything that shouldn’t have gone through.”
Do you still want Washington to run HEALTCARE? BUSINESSES? The STOCKMARKET? SCHOOLS? Next it will be your church and family……..