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#Welfare Fraud

From TheJournal.ie 750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud Welfare Fraud

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.

From TheJournal.ie Couple in Kildare sentenced over 'one of largest welfare fraud cases in the State' Naas

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.

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

'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.

From TheJournal.ie Man who stole €76,000 in welfare payments while running a successful courier business avoids jail Welfare Fraud

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.

From TheJournal.ie An extra 1,500 social welfare fraud cases have been reported since start of 'Cheats' campaign On The Rise

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.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Did the government really save €500 million due to reported welfare fraud last year? Factcheck
From TheJournal.ie Leo's department said there was only one identity fraud case this year but there's actually been 11 Carry The One

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”.

From TheJournal.ie Leo Varadkar's welfare fraud measures labelled as 'a solo run' and 'a hate campaign' Crackdown

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.

From TheJournal.ie Every three months, the government will publish the names and addresses of welfare fraudsters Name And Shame

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.

From TheJournal.ie Woman who claimed over €100k in welfare fraud 'used it to pay off son's drug debt' FRAUDULENT CLAIM

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.

From TheJournal.ie 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.

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie Life sentence for woman who kept disabled people in a 'dungeon' and collected their welfare Philadelphia

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.”

From TheJournal.ie 68-year-old man arrested in Mayo over substantial social welfare fraud Castlebar

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Fraud on Jobseekers' Allowance cost the State €2.68 million a week in 2013 Welfare

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.

From TheJournal.ie FLAC says new welfare strategy should target department errors - not just fraud Fraudsters

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.

From TheJournal.ie Social welfare garda checks must not involve racial profiling - ICI Budget 2014

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.

From TheJournal.ie The Evening Fix... now with added Luas fist-fights Need To Know

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Facial recognition on the way for social welfare claimants Social Welfare

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.

From TheJournal.ie 101 prisoners claimed social welfare despite being behind bars this year Prison

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.

From TheJournal.ie Prime numbers: the week in stats In Numbers

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…

From TheJournal.ie The 5 at 5: Thursday Take 5

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

From TheJournal.ie Column: That €600m we can save by tackling welfare fraud? It doesn’t exist Opinion

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.

From TheJournal.ie Unemployment group welcomes Budget’s freeze for welfare rates Budget 2012

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.

From TheJournal.ie New social welfare identity cards to be issued next week Identity Cards

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.

From TheJournal.ie Joan Burton launches crackdown on 'unfair' welfare fraud Welfare

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.

From TheJournal.ie Take 5: Monday Take 5

Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

From TheJournal.ie 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.

From TheJournal.ie 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?

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Monday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things you really should know this morning…

From TheJournal.ie Two charged in connection with welfare fraud Welfare Fraud

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.

From TheJournal.ie 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?

From TheJournal.ie Burton sets sights on policing hidden economy sector Hidden Economy

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.”

From TheJournal.ie 230,000 Japanese centenarians missing Fraud

230,000 Japanese centenarians missing

Is there something strange happening in Japan?