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50 suspected welfare cheats reported every day

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50 suspected welfare cheats reported every day

Statistics published today show that around 50 suspected social welfare fraudsters are reported by the public every day.

Today's Star publishes figures they have obtained  from the Department of Social Protection which shows that last year they received 18,744 anonymous tip offs about suspected social welfare fraud.

That is just over 50 a day, an increase of 13 per cent on the 2015 figures.

Jobseeker's Allowance was the benefit most often reported, followed by one-parent family benefit.

The report goes on to say that 80 per cent of the reports came via the online report form on the Department's website, with 14 per cent made by phone call.

The remaining six per cent were by letter.

A spokesperson for the Department of Social Protection told the Star that all reports lead to an examination of the suspected fraud but payments are not stopped or suspended based on a report.

A full investigation, if needed, will be reviewed by a deciding officer.

Figures on the number of tips that led to a prosecution of debt recovery are not available.