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Sun, 10 Jul, 2016 12:08:44 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Jul 10
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The national social insurance institution Kela makes almost a thousand notifications a year to the police on suspected cases of benefit fraud, reported the Finnish language newspaper consortium Lännen media.
According to the report, Kela made over 3,400 requests for investigation to the police on such cases in 2013-2015.
Of those submissions, 2,600 have led to prosecution at district courts. The courts, however, dismissed 123 cases.
Most attempts of fraud were related to unemployment benefits, housing benefits and student grants.
The average amount of benefit fraud was slightly over 4,000 euros.
The Lännen Media reported that even if the amount is paid back, Kela can still submit a request for investigation.
Kela makes an assessment whether the benefit recipient acted intentionally in receiving unjustified benefits. Such cases could lead to suspicion of fraud.
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