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They Pay Dead People

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The city paid $11.8 million in rent subsidies to 3,801 dead people between July 2009 and November 2010. Landlords and relatives have used the funds instead. City officials have apparently gotten $3.3 million of the money back already and still plan to collect the rest. The city's mea culpa: "We acknowledge that we could do more than rely on landlords and family members to inform us of a tenant's passing." [NYDN]