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#Welfare Fraud

# welfare-fraud - Monday 16 September, 2019

750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud

The Department aims to save €530 million by tackling fraud over the next four years.

# welfare-fraud - Friday 23 March, 2018

Couple in Kildare sentenced over 'one of largest welfare fraud cases in the State'

The couple claimed rent allowance to pay off a mortgage that the husband got under a false name.

# welfare-fraud - Thursday 28 December, 2017

'I won't be running a similar campaign' - Minister drops 'Welfare Cheats' approach, but says €500m fraud figure 'absolutely accurate'

“It’s difficult to say in hindsight whether I would have run such a campaign or not,” says Minister Regina Doherty.

# welfare-fraud - Tuesday 10 October, 2017

Man who stole €76,000 in welfare payments while running a successful courier business avoids jail

46-year-old Richard Burbridge committed the offences while operating a courier contract for the Courts Service.

# welfare-fraud - Saturday 24 June, 2017

An extra 1,500 social welfare fraud cases have been reported since start of 'Cheats' campaign

There have been 4,859 reports received by the department since 18 April, compared to 3,322 in the same period last year.

# welfare-fraud - Sunday 18 June, 2017

# welfare-fraud - Wednesday 31 May, 2017

Leo's department said there was only one identity fraud case this year but there's actually been 11

Sinn Féin has called on the government to end this “dishonest welfare fraud campaign”.

# welfare-fraud - Monday 15 May, 2017

Leo Varadkar's welfare fraud measures labelled as 'a solo run' and 'a hate campaign'

The claims were made by a former department inspector today.

# welfare-fraud - Tuesday 9 May, 2017

Every three months, the government will publish the names and addresses of welfare fraudsters

The provision is included in the Social Welfare Bill 2017, which was published today.

# welfare-fraud - Monday 8 May, 2017

Woman who claimed over €100k in welfare fraud 'used it to pay off son's drug debt'

Carol Clarke claimed welfare payments under her sister’s name for 17 years.

# welfare-fraud - Friday 5 May, 2017

Poll: Would you report someone you suspected of welfare fraud? Social Protection This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you report someone you suspected of welfare fraud?

The ‘Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All’ campaign is designed to encourage reporting of suspected or known social welfare fraud.

Welfare cheat?: 'I have an acquaintance who claimed the dole. There was no other way to afford university'

Welfare rules often create poverty traps that make it tremendously difficult for people to get by without stepping outside the bounds, writes Gavin Mendel-Gleason.

# welfare-fraud - Friday 6 November, 2015

Life sentence for woman who kept disabled people in a 'dungeon' and collected their welfare

“There is no penalty that is too harsh for the people that did this. The word horrific is not sufficient.”

# welfare-fraud - Wednesday 15 October, 2014

68-year-old man arrested in Mayo over substantial social welfare fraud

He’s expected to appear in court in the next few hours.

# welfare-fraud - Friday 26 September, 2014

Fraud on Jobseekers' Allowance cost the State €2.68 million a week in 2013

There was also problems with HSE procurement and payments to farmers.

# welfare-fraud - Thursday 24 April, 2014

FLAC says new welfare strategy should target department errors - not just fraud

The organisation’s director general said Burton’s anti-fraud programme makes a concerning link between overpayments and fraud and creates potential for people making repayments to fall into destitution.

# welfare-fraud - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

Social welfare garda checks must not involve racial profiling - ICI

The Immigrant Council of Ireland wants Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to outline safeguards against racial profiling in crackdown on welfare fraud.

# welfare-fraud - Saturday 29 December, 2012

The Evening Fix... now with added Luas fist-fights

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

Facial recognition on the way for social welfare claimants

The rollout of a new Public Services Card will mean new technology to ensure claimants are who they claim to be.

# welfare-fraud - Sunday 10 June, 2012

101 prisoners claimed social welfare despite being behind bars this year

The Department of Social Protection has been cracking down on the number of prisoners who claim social welfare benefits while in jail.

# welfare-fraud - Saturday 18 February, 2012

Prime numbers: the week in stats

Greek MPs, Irish jobs, German cable ties, and all the other news from the week in handy numerical format…

# welfare-fraud - Thursday 16 February, 2012

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# welfare-fraud - Tuesday 15 November, 2011

Column: That €600m we can save by tackling welfare fraud? It doesn’t exist

The Government trumpets the figure of €600million as a potential saving from social welfare fraud. Just one problem – the real figure is €26million, writes Michael Taft.

# welfare-fraud - Monday 14 November, 2011

Unemployment group welcomes Budget’s freeze for welfare rates

The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed welcomes Fergus O’Dowd’s assurance that welfare rates will not be cut.

# welfare-fraud - Thursday 6 October, 2011

New social welfare identity cards to be issued next week

Dept of Social Protection says new cards will combat fraud by making it harder for people to use false identities to claim payments.

# welfare-fraud - Tuesday 13 September, 2011

Joan Burton launches crackdown on 'unfair' welfare fraud

The initiative could save the State €625 million by next year, and has already seen some people’s payments stopped.

# welfare-fraud - Monday 29 August, 2011

Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

More than 8,500 anonymous tips-offs about welfare fraud so far this year Welfare Fraud This post contains a poll

More than 8,500 anonymous tips-offs about welfare fraud so far this year

Savings of nearly €345 million have been made so far this year as a result of more than 350,000 reviews of social welfare claims. The numbers of people making anonymous reports is on the increase.

# welfare-fraud - Monday 15 August, 2011

Poll: Is the social welfare fraud probe a good idea? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Is the social welfare fraud probe a good idea?

It has been revealed that the current crackdown on social welfare fraud has already yielded millions of euro in savings. With an entire new fraud unit to be established, we’re asking you: Is the crackdown a good idea or is it targeting the vulnerable?

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things you really should know this morning…

# welfare-fraud - Thursday 14 July, 2011

Two charged in connection with welfare fraud

Five people were arrested this morning in Dublin as part of an ongoing investigation into fraudulent welfare claims.

# welfare-fraud - Tuesday 21 June, 2011

The Daily Fix: Tuesday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Tuesday

In your Fix tonight: Threats to hospital services in Portlaoise, heartbreak for Conor Niland, and does Barack Obama have magical parenting powers?

# welfare-fraud - Monday 16 May, 2011

Burton sets sights on policing hidden economy sector

The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said there would be “concerted and active policing of the hidden economy sector.”

# welfare-fraud - Friday 10 September, 2010

230,000 Japanese centenarians missing

Is there something strange happening in Japan?