CHATTAROY, Wash. (AP) A woman fighting to regain widow's benefits that were cut off long after her husband was declared dead has learned that Social Security Administration officials were right he really is still alive.
Judy Sullivan, 66, was recently given proof that a man who identified himself as Jack Sullivan in an undisclosed East Coast location was the same man who vanished 16 years ago after 25 years of marriage, the Spokesman-Review of Spokane reported Tuesday.
Jack Sullivan disappeared on June 11, 1991.
A judge declared him legally dead in 1999, and his wife began receiving monthly Social Security checks of $867.
Earlier this year, Social Security officials stopped sending the checks and demanded that Judy Sullivan repay more than $90,000, saying Jack Sullivan had been found.