You can put the Figure at 40 million euros. Ireland is a Soft Touch and still is; it is well known that many Foreign Nationals went back home and were working, and getting the Pandemic Payments paid Directly into their Accounts. We must not forget our own people here refusing to go back to work, and doing other Nixers, Cash in Hand or taking holidays abroad. The Abuse is Widespread.

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Officials chasing €20million wrongly claimed pandemic payments

 22nd August 2021

Almost €20million has been wrongly claimed in pandemic payments, with only just under half of that amount paid back.

The total value of the overpayments between March last year and the end of July this year stands at €19.8million – averaging some €1.2million a month.

According to figures obtained by the Irish Times, gardaí and officials within a special investigation unit in the Department of Social Protection have detected 12,939 fraudulent claims or overpayments to date.a book on a table: Almost €20million has been wrongly claimed in pandemic payments, with only just under half of that amount paid back. Pic: Shutterstock© Provided by Extra.ie Almost €20million has been wrongly claimed in pandemic payments, with only just under half of that amount paid back. Pic: Shutterstock

The Department of Social Protection said it has recovered €9.5million, and has warned it will take steps to recover any overpayments of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

The department runs post-payment checks that includes verifying data against Revenue records, examining cases where the same bank account is used multiple times, following tip-offs from an employer or members of the public, and the use of data analytics to identify and check claims.

It also undertakes employer inspections.The total value of the overpayments between March last year and the end of July this year stands at €19.8million – averaging some €1.2million a month. Pic: Shutterstock© Provided by Extra.ie The total value of the overpayments between March last year and the end of July this year stands at €19.8million – averaging some €1.2million a month. Pic: Shutterstock

‘People who have been overpaid social welfare have a liability to refund the overpayment as they have been in receipt of a payment to which they were not entitled,’ a department spokesman said. ‘Where an overpayment is raised, the department makes every effort to recover the amount overpaid. Where we find suspected fraudulent claiming, we pursue those who offend to ensure the funds are returned and the most severe cases are brought to the attention of the courts.’

Just over 153,000 people still receive PUP, and €45.4million in PUP weekly payments will be paid into bank accounts this

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