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Pension probe Pension fraud suspect released from custody after being quizzed by gardai

The 57-year-old is suspected of fraudulently collecting his father’s pension every week since his death in 1987 as well as his late mother’s pension since her death a number of years later.

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A Corkman arrested over a €520,000 pension fraud was released from custody this weekend while gardai prepare a file for the DPP.

The 57-year-old is suspected of fraudulently collecting his father’s pension every week since his death in 1987 as well as his late mother’s pension since her death a number of years later.

He was arrested at the GPO on Oliver Plunkett Street in Cork on Friday when he went to collect his deceased parents’ pensions.

Gardai believe the man collected around €520,000 in payments over the 33 year period and officers found €9,800 in cash in his home as part of the operation.

Officials from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection were alerted to the potential fraud after the man was asked to prove his father was still alive to qualify for the Centenarian’s Bounty of €2,540 which all citizens who reach 100 years of age receive along with a letter from the President.

Department officials contacted gardai when the man was unable to prove his father was alive and later discovered he died 33 years ago.

The suspected fraudster was quizzed by detectives at the Bridewell Garda Station in Cork before being released from custody late on Friday while gardai prepare a file for the DPP.

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