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Seventeen arrests Garda arrest 17 after raiding businesses in probe targeting social welfare fraud

'Five business premises were searched with the aim of disrupting, eliminating and prosecuting this fraudulent activity'

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  Gardai carried out the raids in Dublin yesterday (FILE PHOTO)

Gardai carried out the raids in Dublin yesterday (FILE PHOTO)

Gardai carried out the raids in Dublin yesterday (FILE PHOTO)

A total of 17 people have been arrested after a number of business premises were raided by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) in Dublin City Centre yesterday. 

The multi-agency search operation involved bureau officers, gardaí from Mountjoy Garda station and representatives from the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and Revenue officials.

“The searches were as a result of investigations into fraudulent Covid-19 Social Welfare activity,” gardai said this morning.

“Five business premises were searched with the aim of disrupting, eliminating and prosecuting this fraudulent activity.

“During the course of these searches 17 people, nine men and eight women, ranging in age from 20s to 60s were arrested for immigration offences.”

Gardai added that 16 of those arrested have been charged and bailed to appear before District Court 3, Criminal Courts of Justice on November 18.

One man aged in his 50s remains in custody and is scheduled to appear before Dublin District Court this morning, November 5, in relation to an outstanding bench warrant.

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