Govt. to Family: 'Dead' Dad Actually Alive, So Pay Up
Donald Miller disappeared in 1980s, was declared dead, returned last year
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Aug 18, 2014 12:30 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Though very much alive, Donald Miller Jr. is still legally a dead man ... and yet now his daughters are being hit up for $47,000 in Social Security benefits they received as teens because of his death, the AP reports. It all started when Miller, a jobless alcoholic at the time, went missing in the 1980s. The government declared the Ohio man dead in 1994 to initiate the benefit payments for his family, and when Miller returned last year—very much not dead—a judge refused to legally resurrect him. But that hasn't stopped the feds from demanding the return of the benefits, plus interest, the Courier reports. Miller's ex-wife has applied for a waiver. "If anybody has to pay this back, it should be him because we didn't do anything wrong," she says.

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James_in_Sacramento
Aug 20, 2014 1:17 AM CDT
The government paid benefits to the mother that it later found to not be warranted, I don't see a problem in asking for it back, I think we want our government to go after money that is paid that shouldn't have been. The mom was paid, not the missing husband, and if the mom was out of the picture by being dead they shouldn't be able to go after the daughter's unless her mom left them money in an estate that could pay the fronted payments.
Chris Farley
Aug 19, 2014 8:37 AM CDT
Thats big goverment beurocracy for you.
Cherry354
Aug 19, 2014 7:47 AM CDT
It's rewarding the guys who perpetrates a great con. Make him pay. And, while we are on the subject. . .why is there a statute of limitations on violent crimes such as rape? The survivor has to live with it for the rest of his/her life, yet the person after a few years can skip away scot free. Hello??? Just because he happened to get "skilled" or further forgive my choice of words, "lucky" at what he does?