Someone didn’t check their list twice to see who was naughty or dead. From The Washington Post.:
The federal government last year sent about 89,000 checks of $250 each to dead or incarcerated people through the Obama administration’s economic stimulus program, according to a watchdog report.
The Social Security Administration distributed about $13 billion to 52 million eligible beneficiaries in the form of $250 checks as part of the economic recovery program. The program cost $814 billion. Most of the payments were issued properly, but SSA failed to check all available payment records or was unaware that beneficiaries had died, according to a report by the Social Security Office of Inspector General.
Although SSA lacks the authority to recoup most of the money, the report estimates that slightly more than half of the payments have been returned.