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Tip-offs September 26, 2016

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The Irish Times has a piece this morning on how there’s been a 60% increase in tip-offs for benefit fraud. And:

The Department of Social Protection has received 11,689 such reports from members of the public from January to June 2016, compared with 7,092 in the same period last year. The majority were made through the department’s website.

We are told…

The figures show that 8,476 of the tip-offs were sent to the relevant departmental section for examination as clients were found to be in receipt of more than one payment. It was not possible to pursue a report in 3,213 cases due to a lack of information, the absence of any welfare claim or the fact that information supplied would not impact on any entitlement.

But curiously there’s no figure as to how many of these led to a ‘successful'(?) prosecution. Anyone know where the raw figures are?

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1. trevor - September 26, 2016

Michael Taft’s blog might have them but they don’t pursue many prosecutions afaik. Presumably because a case would be unlikely to hold up due to DSP’s incompetence as “double payments” fall on their end most of the time.

This is likely bait and switch: report on tip-offs and control savings and it looks like there’s widespread fraud.

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2. Aonrud ⚘ - September 26, 2016

It was not possible to pursue a report in 3,213 cases due to a lack of information, the absence of any welfare claim or the fact that information supplied would not impact on any entitlement.

What sort of bitter self-important idiot does that?

Also, excuse for this:

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3. roddy - September 26, 2016

In the good old days up here before computerisation ,it was possible for heroic citizens to do “the treble”.This involved claiming both sides of the border whilst working for cash on sites etc.Far from this being a shameful activity,its practicioners were held in awe by the community.

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6to5against - September 26, 2016

and there wasn’t much fear of it all being ruined by a ‘tip-off,’ I’d imagine……

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Joe - September 26, 2016

Th’oul border comes in handy for some people some of the time…

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4. EWI - September 26, 2016

I suspect that this is going to be like Burton’s claims about the total clawed back for ‘fraud and overpayment’ of yesteryear (reading into the fine print, the supposed fraud turned out to be a fraction of the total. Good on Joanie to do FG’s dirty work for them).

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trevor - September 26, 2016

Same mandarins in the department.

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