The Social Security Administration’s Inspector General issued a new report saying that more than 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each went to people who were either dead or in prison. Approximately $18 million went to 72,000 deceased and $4.3 million went to more than 17,000 prison inmates. The report estimates that a little more than half of those payments were returned. The payments, which were part of last year’s massive economic recovery package, were meant to increase consumer spending to help stimulate the economy. Most of the inmates, it turns out, were eligible to get the payments because they were newly incarcerated and had been receiving Social Security before they were locked up.