U.S. Gov’t Sent More Than 100 COVID Stimulus Checks To Austrians By Mistake
The U.S. government reportedly sent more than 100 coronavirus stimulus checks to people in Austria by mistake, Politico reports.
Austrian bank managers told media the checks had likely been sent overseas by mistake. Gerhard Meißl, head of data quality and digitalization at Upper Austria's Sparkasse bank, told the newspaper Kurier that some recipients had at one point been U.S. taxpayers while others, including some former au-pairs, had lived in the U.S. for some time.
Paul Kaiser, head of portfolio management at Linz's Raiffeisen bank branch, said the unexpected payouts were likely due to an administrative error, noting that the U.S. had also accidentally sent out checks to deceased citizens.
Politico reported that when 73-year-old retiree Manfred Barnreiter from Linz received his check in the mail, labeled "economic impact payment, President Donald J. Trump,” he "thought it's pretty interesting — let's bring it to the bank."
He received his money three days after cashing it.