Live Man Declared Dead by Government

Published 09/26 2013 10:42AM

Updated 09/26 2013 10:43AM

(KSL) Imagine being perfectly healthy but having the government declare you dead.

As Leonard Cleveland of Santaquin, Utah discovered, wrongfully being declared dead can create real hardships, often is difficult to fix, and happens more often than expected.

Cleveland looks perfectly healthy but the Social Security Administration apparently thinks he's dead. As a result, he has not received a Social Security payment since June and his credit cards have been affected.

"They won't respect my credit cards," he said. "I can't go buy food. And I don't carry cash with me any more."

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