RE: Social Welfare Fraud
Deputy John Deasy (extract):
This is a complex area involving many payments. I deal with many social welfare queries in my office. I am not saying I know everything about it, but we are quite busy. We have a slight concern over deterrents and how people view the system before they engage in fraudulent activity in particular. I will give an example of an application I printed. In many cases the only deterrent is the warning printed at the bottom of a typical application that states: “Warning: If you make a false statement or withhold information, you may be prosecuted leadingto a fine, a prison term or both.” Looking at the figures, the chances of that happening are quite small compared with other jurisdictions – I will come to that later.
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