Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (639)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

639. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons prosecuted for social welfare fraud in 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21993/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

My Department initiates criminal prosecutions against persons who defraud the social welfare system and against employers who fail to carry out their statutory obligations under social welfare legislation.

Cases involving the detection of theft, impersonation, identity fraud or multiple claiming are referred to An Gardaí Síochana (AGS) for investigation and for consideration by the Director of Public Prosecutions for prosecution under criminal justice legislation.

The table below outlines the number of cases submitted by the Department to the Chief State Solicitor's Office (CSSO) for prosecution of offences under social welfare legislation. It also shows cases referred to AGS for investigation of social welfare fraud and consideration of prosecution under criminal justice legislation.

 

 2018

 2019 to date

Cases referred to the CSSO

 101

 27

Cases referred to AGS

 74

 24

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.