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Feds Mistakenly List Woman As Dead

September 3, 2002

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SANILAC TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) _ Jackie Turcotte got a surprise explanation when her recent application for a credit card was denied _ she’s supposed to be dead.

Turcotte, 36, learned that as far as the Social Security Administration was concerned, she died in 1986.

``I was in awe when I heard that,″ the Sanilac County woman told the Times Herald of Port Huron for a story Tuesday.

An apparent typing error led to the mistake. Local Social Security officials promised to fix the error.

In the time she was supposed to be dead, Turcotte got married, paid off her student loans and filed tax returns. She wonders why the Internal Revenue Service hadn’t contacted she and her husband Don to find out why a dead person was listed on their annual joint tax return.

Dennis Crimmins of the Port Huron Social Security office said such mistakes are rare.

``Once is too much,″ he said.

Crimmins said the best way for people to ensure they’re still alive in the Social Security system is to watch the mail for Social Security income statements that are mailed annually before tax time to workers age 25 and older.

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