A COUPLE finally got their stimulus checks after allegedly waiting months when the money was stolen.
Mike and Debbie Brandt were supposed to receive $5,600 in stimulus money from the Internal Revenue Service on a debit card, but say someone else picked up their money first and spent it all.
The Chicago couple first received a letter from the IRS in April last year telling them how much they would receive.
Months passed and Debbie says the couple learned in August that they would be receiving their money by debit card, not check, from a bank called Money Network – a different financial institution than the couple had been thinking of. the origin.
“Another bank sent us a debit card,” Debbie told CBS Chicago. “And therein lies the problem.”
When the couple called Money Network to ask for an update on their late payment, they were told their card was “out of money” and the bank believed the Brandts had spent thousands of dollars – but they had never received the card.
Bank records show someone found the $5,600 debit card last April, then spent $1,200 at Louis Vuitton and withdrew $2,000 in cash, among other things.
The couple appealed around October to try to get their money back by submitting police reports and letters, but the bank refused to pay them their dues.
“So we have no idea why it’s being challenged or why it’s being rejected, and it continues,” Mike said.
The frustrated couple reached out to CBS to bring more attention to the story, hoping for their help with the missing funds.
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CBS contacted Money Network and a week later the couple finally received a check in the mail with the $5,600.
The Brandts may laugh at the endless experience now that the money has been returned, but it was no fun while it was happening.
“We are lucky not to be in desperate need of this money, but how many families are there? said the husband. “And that is our concern.”
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