An audit of the Social Security Administration shows some 6.5 million people on the agency’s rolls are 112 or older, raising the ire of Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson.
The SSA’s inspector general says that in all these cases the dates of death have not been registered in the main electronic file, called Numident, while thousands of dead people are having their identity stolen by illegal immigrants to apply for jobs, according to CNS News.
The audit by the Inspector General released this month revealed that the agency does not have the technical ability to record death information on “numberholders” who exceed “maximum reasonable life expectancies,” including people who were born before the Civil War.
“We obtained Numident data that identified approximately 6.5 million numberholders born before June 16, 1901 who did not have a date of death on their record,” the report says.
The inspector general says that the numbers given to long-dead people were used fraudulently to open bank accounts and that thousands of those numbers were also used by illegal immigrants to obtain work, according to CNS.