WILMINGTON, Del. — A dead woman's bank account received a pension deposit for almost 20 years because city officials didn't learn of her passing until June 2016.
The woman, who was not identified in a July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016, audit that The News Journalobtained, received spousal benefits starting in June 1974. She died in November 1997 but Wilmington officials didn't know she had died and continued to automatically deposit about $150 into her account every other week.
In almost two decades past her death, the amount totaled $72,966.60.
If she had begun receiving benefits when she was age 65, she would have been 88 in 1997 when she died but 107 years old in 2016.
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