Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Welfare fraud costing taxpayer almost €2 billion annually

Minister for Social and Family Affairs Mary Hanafin has defended her department’s record in tackling welfare fraud after a RTÉ Prime Time programme revealed fraud and mistakes relating to a range of benefits cost the Exchequer almost €2 billion annually.

The programme, which was broadcast last night, showed that fake PPS numbers could be easily obtained on the black market after just a few telephone calls.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/1208/breaking32.htm

2 comments:

Hail Ireland ! said...

Link to the Prime Time programme in question. http://www.rte.ie/player/#v=1061935
I think you can only view it if you're in Ireland.

Daithi said...

It is a shame they don't take beck the pass ports and citizenship of those foreign people who defraud the state .
When they arrive they make out to be honest and caring untill they get leave to remain , then they de fraud the Irish tax payers .