The Social Security Administration says that this could have happened because they had no record of these people's deaths, but even more curious, Fox News said that at least one of them never even collected Social Security benefits.
That person was a U.S. citizen but left for Italy in 1933 and only returned to the U.S. for a seven-month visit in 1969. Antoniette Santopadre of Valley Stream, New York told Fox she was expecting a check but didn't get one. Instead a check was sent to her husband, Romolo Romonini who died in Italy 34 years ago.
If the Fox story is true, then our Social Security record system is even more faulty than anyone could possibly imagine. Someone put names into that system without even getting proper identification. This mistake definitely needs a Congressional investigation fast.
With Social Security in so much trouble, we must be certain that we're not wasting Social Security benefits on people who shouldn't be in the system. As of this writing, I'm still waiting for a comment from the Social Security Administration.
Lita Epstein has written more than 25 books including the Complete Idiot's Guide to Social Security and Medicare.