Massive Gangland Fraud Smashed in Limerick; Pandemic Payment Scheme (known as the PUP scheme) was source of thousands of euros criminals. Thankfully the Gardai became aware of the scam and have carried Raids. Another Blow to Organised Crime??

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Unemployment fraud operation in Limerick and Clare

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Gardai bust Pandemic Unemployment fraud operation in Limerick and Clare

An Garda Siochana have busted a Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) fraud operation that was conducted by an organised crime group in Limerick.a man wearing a hat© Provided by Extra.ie

Working with the Department of Social Protection, Gardai had been investigating a number of PUP fraud offences since May.

After months of work, a number of searches have been conducted in Limerick and Clare after linking the frauds to an international organised crime group.An Garda Siochana have busted a Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) fraud operation that was conducted by an organised crime group in Limerick. Pic: Getty© Provided by Extra.ie 

A statement from An Garda Siochana read: ‘Since May 2020 The Department of Social Protection have engaged with An Garda Siochana investigating multiple Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) fraud offences.

‘The investigation has identified a suspected international organised crime group comprising of persons based in Ireland and other jurisdictions who have engaged in both identity and fraud offences to obtain PUP monies.

‘A total of 28 individuals were identified as being active participants. On December 2, 2020 a number of searches were conducted in Limerick and Clare in connection with this investigation.a screen shot of a computer: Working with the Department of Social Protection, Gardai had been investigating a number of PUP fraud offences since May. Pic: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie  Working with the Department of Social Protection, Gardai had been investigating a number of PUP fraud offences since May. Pic: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

This is a joint operation involving the Department of Social Protection Officials, Gardai seconded to the Department of Social Protection, Customs and Excise Officials and Gardaí based in Limerick and Clare including Detectives, uniformed personnel, the Armed Support Unit and the Garda Dog Unit.

‘A number of items including documentation and related material have been seized and are currently being examined. The investigation is continuing.’

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