SPARTA, MI - Dead, but not dead? A Michigan woman who was declared dead by the feds has been brought back to life.
"Apparently someone back in November of 2014 had put in, had filed the information that my social security number was deceased," said Sarah Jewell.
The mistake that made Jewell the walking dead also happens to about 9,000 other people every year, according to the Social Security Administration. It can have a powerful domino effect; in Jewell's case, the IRS kept her tax return, she couldn't renew her driver's license and her bank canceled all her credit cards automatically.
Jewell reached out to her local TV station, whose reporter contacted the IRS and two congressmen and brought Jewell back to life, so to speak.
Says Jewell: "I don't really know how it's all going to work and I probably won't know until I try to do something. Right now they say it's corrected, so I guess I'm alive."