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(NEWSER)– As an incentive to get them off American soil, Nazi war criminals and suspects were in many cases allowed to keep their Social Security benefits. That left dozens of them—at least 38 of 66 suspects since 1979—to receive millions in US taxpayer dollars over the years, the AP reports following a two-year investigation.

At least four are still alive and receiving benefits. Working against closing the loophole is the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations, which was formed in 1979 to rid the country of Nazi war criminals as quickly as possible.

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