Stimulus Checks Went To Prison Inmates

Whoever said crime doesn't pay was unaware of the federal stimulus plan. The government says about 3,900 economic stimulus payments of $250 each were sent to prison inmates. About 52 million Social Security recipients, railroad retirees and those receiving Supplemental Security Income were eligible for the one-time checks. Officials want the money back from inmates who didn't deserve it.

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Whoever said crime doesn't pay was unaware of the federal stimulus plan. The Social Security Administration sent out billions of dollars to people. Now, most went to retirees, mostly in small checks of a couple hundred bucks. But several thousand checks went to people in prison, who are supposed to be ineligible. The government now wants the money back from inmates who did not deserve it. People who qualified, though, but then were locked up get to keep the cash. It's MORNING EDITION.

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