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# Welfare Fraud

Last year
2022
# Courts
Man jailed for three-and-a-half years after claiming dead parents' pensions for over 30 years
The fraudulent claims were the largest and longest-running cases of welfare fraud in the history of the State.
All time
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Did the government really save €500 million due to reported welfare fraud last year?
No. No it didn’t.
# 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”.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# Social Protection
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.
Voices
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.
# 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.”
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added Luas fist-fights
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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…
Voices
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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# Welfare Fraud
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.
# Your Say
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?
# 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.
# Daily Fix
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?
# 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.”
# Fraud
230,000 Japanese centenarians missing
Is there something strange happening in Japan?