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Stimulus checks sent to a dead relative? Don't spend it!

The Treasury Department said it's a problem around the country and they're working on how to return the checks.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — If you got a stimulus check for a dead relative in the last few weeks, don't assume you have two stimulus checks to spend now.

2 Wants to Know viewer Dorothy, left us a voicemail asking what she should do with her husband’s stimulus check. He died last year, so clearly this was a mistake. Turns out the problem has been happening to a lot of people.

Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin talked to the Wall Street Journal about the problem.

The first thing he talked about, you’re not supposed to be getting the extra check, so don't spend it. The Treasury Department wants you to return it, but it hasn't issued guidelines about how to return it.

The best thing you can do right now is to hang on to the check. If you spend it, you could be hit with penalties from the IRS as they work to figure out the problem.

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