MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) - Pearlie Sutton didn't know what to what to make of a letter from the Social Security Administration informing her that benefits would be cut back - nine years ago.
Sutton, 81, received the letter last week, unopened and untampered with, even though it was dated 1997.
"It has been so many years since I received Social Security. I was surprised and shocked that it had been so many years in getting the letter. I never dreamed of getting such a letter, it being so many years ago. I just don't understand," Sutton said.
The letter informed Sutton that there had been a mistake in the amount of Social Security she should be receiving and that some would be deducted for a year until the overage was repaid.
Sutton said she's unsure how or when Social Security will respond to her inquiries about the letter, given that it set a 60 day time limit to object to the withholdings. That's no small question for Sutton.
"It is just me and the Lord that lives here," Sutton said.
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