Monday, April 6, 2009

Foreigners targeted in clampdown on welfare cheats

THE Government is clamping down on social welfare claims from foreign nationals who travel in and out of Ireland to claim the dole.

Some 2,200 people have been investigated in eight areas of the country since early March, with 275 having their claims suspended at a saving of between €2m and €3m to the Exchequer.

Most of those investigated were in the 'high-risk' category of non-Irish nationals claiming a payment. In some cases, claimants were no longer resident in the country, or the money was being paid to an individual who was not a valid claimant.

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