Posted by Ellen Krafve - email
Nearly three-thousand Social Security checks were discovered today.
A spokesperson with the U.S. Postal Service in Dallas said that at around 1am Thursday morning, about 28-hundred undelivered Social Security checks were discovered in a Dallas U.S. Postal Service transfer center.
Authorities said that those checks should have been shipped from Austin to East Texas, but somehow they were misdirected. During the time they were missing, hundreds of East Texans flooded their local Social Security Administration offices trying to figure out what was going on.
Once those checks were recovered, an alert went out, the checks were shipped to East Texas for processing, and, hopefully, made it to people's mailboxes today.
"I have some checks that are sent to my office for various reasons, and I did get a delivery this morning of checks that were expected last Friday, so I think the checks are in the mail," said Bob Kennedy with the Social Security Administration.
"When you have a fixed income, you rely on them checks, and when they don't show up, you panic, and I thought somebody had stole it out of my mailbox," said Sharon Lafon who was issued an emergency check.
The Social Security Administration says this didn't effect recipients who get their checks through direct deposit. They say the money can also be put on a debit card which is another option folks can look into to keep this from happening again.