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Watch out Social welfare claimant took 14 foreign holidays in four years and had €40K worth of watches

The individual’s lifestyle was not in keeping with individuals who are in receipt of means tested social welfare payments.”

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Crime Assets Bureau (file pic)

Crime Assets Bureau (file pic)

Crime Assets Bureau (file pic)

A WOMAN who had €40,000 worth of designer watches while claiming social welfare has been told to pay back €113,633 after being investigated by the Criminal Assets Bureau.

It also emerged she had a top-end car and regularly went on foreign holidays with her children.

Details of the case are in the CAB’s annual report this week which also showed its Social Welfare Bureau Officers clawed back €2,495,985 as a result of their investigations.

In the woman’s case they found she only declared a small amount of work to the Department of Social Protection and had been living with a partner.

“The individual’s lifestyle was not in keeping with individuals who are in receipt of means tested social welfare payments.”

“The individual had in her possession luxury watches to the value of €40,000, had purchased a high-end sports vehicle and was in a position to insure and tax this vehicle and had availed of fourteen foreign holidays for herself and her children during a four-year period.”

In another case four brothers were assessed to owe €750,000 after making claims over a ten-year period.

They were involved in the buying and selling of cars, power washing and house maintenance while claiming means-tested social welfare.

“The investigation showed a large number of undisclosed financial accounts and the frequent purchase of high spec motor vehicles for personal use.”

“As a result of the investigations, all social welfare payments were terminated and overpayments covering a period of ten years were assessed against this family totalling €750,000.”

No appeals were lodged in either case according to the report.

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Social Welfare Bureau Officers investigate and determine entitlement to social welfare payments by any person engaged in criminal activity.

They carry out an investigation where there are reasonable grounds for believing that officers of the Department of Social Protection may be subject to threats or other forms of intimidation.

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