The government informed her that in 1975, they mistakenly paid her family (mother) too much money and that now Janis had to pay it... but really, it had already been taken from her! In 1975 she was just a kid! She never received any money personally, and now she has to pay for the government's mistake?! NO!
Janis had to hire a lawyer, Joe Thigpen, who said that this is becoming more widespread... across the country. The government is going back many years to try to steal - I mean collect - from government mistakes! But how can the government force someone to pay an overpayment that dates back from when they were a child?! Well, it's happening! The Social Security Administration said that they have asked the Treasury Department to stop collecting debts 10 years and older. But what's being done about it? Where's the communication? Bad communication leads to bad government!