A Simple Typo
... [A] Lake County [FL] woman had her bank account cleaned out by Social Security after a government worker made a typo. ...
But losing thousands of dollars was just the beginning of Claire Kaplan's problems. "I'm trying to grieve my mother's death, and I can't because I'm having to deal with this," said Kaplan.
In the middle of planning her mother's funeral, Kaplan said she was shocked to see three withdrawals from her bank account for more than $800 each.
As it turns out, the Social Security office had garnished all of her mother's payments for the past year out of their joint account because of mistake concerning the year she died. Kaplan's ordeal started because of one little, but significant, number. The Social Security office wrote down a 2 for "2012," instead of a 3 for "2013." ...
Kaplan said her rent was soon due and the doctors started calling and her mother's Medicaid reimbursements were also seized.