American Idiot Award

Wilmington, Delaware Nominated For The American Idiot Award

Something that can only happen in America. This may be the land of opportunity and it's an opportunity for any idiot.


Wilmington paid pension of dead woman for 20 years, loses $73,000


Wilmington, Delaware

Why this nomination? Comserv was probably cashing her checks.
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Description: A dead woman's bank account received a pension deposit for almost 20 years because city officials didn't learn of her passing until June 2016.

The woman, who was not identified in a July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016, audit that The News Journal obtained, received spousal benefits starting in June 1974. She died in November 1997 but Wilmington officials didn't know she had died and continued to automatically deposit about $150 into her account every other week.

In almost two decades past her death, the amount totaled $72,966.60.

If she had begun receiving benefits when she was age 65, she would have been 88 in 1997 when she died but 107 years old in 2016.

The city relied on Comserv, a vendor now out of business, that semi-annually cross-checked employee and pensioner information with death records and Social Security data, City Treasurer Velda...
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Publication/Media Source: USA Today Network
Author: Christina Jedra, The News Journal
Publication Date: 12:06 p.m. ET Sept. 2, 2017
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Nominator: adminrw
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