The government has sent more than 4,000 inmates stimulus checks.
The convicts got $250 even though they live behind bars, according to the Boston Herald.
"President Obama's $787 billion stimulus bill has done more to help convicted criminals than it has to actually boost our economy and create jobs," said Republican National Committee spokeswoman Sara Sendek.
The Herald reports checks may also have been sent to "fugitive felons, people kicked out of the country" and even dead people.
Nearly a million dollars worth of stimulus checks were sent out.
Convicts are usually not able to draw benefits while in jail. The inspector general of Social Security is launching an investigation to how the criminals got their checks.
"We are currently reviewing each of those cases to determine whether or not the recovery payment was due," Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue said in a statement issued Wednesday evening. "Where we determine payment was not due, we will take aggressive action to recover each of these erroneous payments."
But it looks like the government won't be able to get their money back. The Herald reports only five Massachusetts prisoners have enough money left to pay the government.