NBC Evening News for Monday, Nov 28, 1983
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(Studio) Senator reported holding hearings on Social Security computer's automatic withdrawal of hundreds of direct deposit benefits checks.
REPORTER: John Palmer
(DC) Social Security's declaration that living James Badgero was dead and admin.'s withdrawal of funds from his bank account despite its error examined as illustrating seriousness of problem for senior citizens. [BADGERO - opposes Social Security's right to enter his bank account and withdraw funds.] Govt. form authorizing direct deposit noted specifically stating it does not in turn authorize withdrawals; Treasury Department's withdrawal of funds from Naomi Williams account through computer error and time involved in returning money to her noted. [WILLIAMS - comments.] [Senator John HEINZ - is shocked by number recipients abused by system.] Treasury Department, refusing to reveal extent of its errors, said denying any wrongdoing.
REPORTER: Lisa Myers
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