As many as 70,000 Japanese citizens may have wrongly received one of the $1,400 stimulus checks approved by Congress and dispatched under Joe Biden’s administration.
The Gateway Pundit cited a Japanese-language report that explains the checks arrived in Japan in the mailboxes of people who might have a link to the United States.
The $1,400 checks were preceded by $1,200 and $600 checks distributed to help Americans cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
After the third checks were dispatched, Biden sent out a letter to taxpayers falsely claiming credit for sending them $2,000, the latest $1,400 plus the $600 dispatched by President Trump.
The Yahoo article in Japanese explained that some of the checks sent to Japan went to women of American nationality.
But checks also went to Japanese citizens who don’t have dual American citizenship.
Officials commenting in the story said the people who don’t have U.S. citizenship are not eligible for the payments and should return them to the Internal Revenue Service.
The Gateway Pundit said some of the recipients had visited the U.S., or stayed there temporarily on business, but had returned to Japan long ago.
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