Sep 6, 2010

Glitch mailed extra Social Security checks to thousands

A TV station serving Mobile, Alabama and the Florida panhandle reports that thousands of people in the area received extra Social Security checks.

Social Security officials say more than 19,000 people in Alabama and Tennessee got an extra check, accidentally printed by the U.S. Treasury Department.

With an average monthly payment of $1,100 per person, that's more than $20 million extra circulating.

Anyone who cashes the extra check will get a call from Social Security saying the money will be deducted from future checks.

It wasn't Christmas in September after all.