This news can not believe but it’s happened to “WILMINGTON”. The dead woman’s bank account received a pension deposit for last 20 years because city officials did not learn of her passing until June 2016.
The woman had died 20 years ago and she gets the pension for every month for almost 20 years. The woman who was not identified had died in November 1997 but WILMINGTON officials did not know that she had died and pension was continued to automatically deposit $150 into her account every other week.
Two decades have been pass since her death and the every month pension lead the total amount in her account to $72966.60. She had begun receiving benefits when she was 65, she would have been 88 in 1997 when she died but the pension was continued till 2016, she would be 107-years-old if she was alive 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.
The dead woman did not come up in those searches because it was not documented in social security records. The treasurer’s office checks the newspaper regularly for death notices, Acting City Auditor Tamara Thompson said.
Oftentimes, families call the city about a death, or city employees hear about former colleagues passing away by word of mouth and in this case, it’s completely apparent that her death was not reported until many years after it occurred, she said.
A new vendor allows the city treasurer’s office to review Social Security information monthly and until her payment stubs are sent to pensioners home and mail also deceased recipients usually bounces back when alerts the treasurer’s office, she said.
She said, they usually have some way of knowing but they never got returned mail for this person and there was no indication that the person was dead. If they informed us, it won’t happened.
Jones Potter said, “it’s in the law department hands at this time. Another former city employee was paid $2.008.84 after her death and payment to dead recipients are a problem that state.”
According to the information, every year pension funds in Illinois are sent to dead people and more than people were in Illinois “dead pensioners club”. In some case, family members who dipped into their late relatives pension accounts to faced criminal charges in their cases.
The Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund loses $120 million a year to deceased annuitants and other improper payments.