Lawmakers troubled by pensions that are not ended by recipient’s death

The latest scandal is that the country’s pension officials continue paying recipients even if they are dead.

Lawmakers heard Wednesday that the Dirección Nacional de Pensiones has distributed 1 billion colons to 2,377 dead recipients. That is nearly $2 million.

And there does not seem to be an easy way to force the survivors to return the money.

So lawmakers are considering changing the pension law to create easy ways to recover the losses.

Costa Rica is not the only country that has pension problems. The United States Social Security Administration has been known to pay dead expats, too. There is no foolproof way to determine when someone dies especially when survivors have an economic reason not to make the report.

That is one reason why U.S. expats here are burdened each year with reports they have to send back to the agency.

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