At the request of the IRS, the Montana Department of Corrections intercepted and returned 56 stimulus checks sent to inmates from the federal government as part of coronavirus relief efforts.
At the end of March, the Treasury Department and the IRS began distributing checks worth up to $1,200 to Americans from a coronavirus aid bill approved by Congress. That money was meant to help during the COVID-19 pandemic and the amount doled out to a person was based on the person’s previous tax filings.
In April, the IRS asked the state’s correction department to return checks sent to inmates at state correctional facilities, said Carolynn Bright, spokeswoman for the corrections department. She said the corrections department has returned 56 checks since.