Beyond the grave!

POLICE have launched an investigation into a €6m pension scam, involving over 50 people who have died.

And, so far, the Department of Social Security staff have uncovered several scams.A National Police spokesman said 55 cases were recorded during 2019 alone, and in total, investigators have found €6.4m withdrawn, illegally, from deceased people’s pension accounts.

Statistics showed that the main culprits of the withdrawals were family members close to the deceased, often spouses, children or grandchildren.

It wasn’t always deceased accounts, either, because some accounts were from elderly people living abroad, in countries including South and North America as well as some European countries,

During the investigation, detectives researched:

*12,586 improper payments

*75 bank accounts

*3 cases with more than €100,000 defrauded

*40 pensions which were more than 10 years old

*22 deaths, which occurred before 2000

*11 deaths of Spanish pensioners, which occurred abroad

In one case, a woman whose mother passed away years prior, used an “actress” to continue withdrawing cash from her pension fund, using false documentation and collecting a total of nearly €74,000.

Another was a bank employee, who used his knowledge of the system to claim the payments of a previous client who died. He forged cash receipts, log records and used other elderly clients to fool his colleagues.

In total 11 people have so far been arrested, and a further 25 are under investigation, across 21 provinces throughout the country.


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