mail. The problem is that a lot of them are dead. A Long Island woman
was shocked when she checked the mail and received a letter from the
U.S. Treasury — but it wasn't for her.
Santopadre of Valley Stream was expecting a $250 stimulus check. But
when her son finally opened it, they saw that the check was made out to
her father, Romolo Romonini, who died in Italy 34 years ago. He'd been
a U.S. citizen when he left for Italy in 1933, but only returned to the
United Stated for a seven-month visit in 1969.
The Santopadres are not alone. The Social Security Administration,
which sent out 52 million checks, says that some of those checks
mistakenly went to dead people because the agency had no record of
their death. That amounts to between 8,000 and 10,000 checks for
millions of dollars.
Perhaps the President doesn't realize that outside of Chicago, this is not a crucial voting bloc.