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Benefit fraud: Snitches save Sweden millions

TT/The Local/og · 2 Apr 2014, 10:27

Published: 02 Apr 2014 10:27 GMT+02:00

The insurance agency (Försäkringskassan) pulled in 170 million kronor ($26.4 million) in 2013, reported Sveriges Radio (SR), an increase of 70 million kronor compared to 2012.
 
The agency started its push against benefits cheats in 2011 after an increase in tip-offs from the public about people claiming the need for personal carers.
 
The insurance agency put 26 would-be care providers under the microscope and have had a strong response.
 
"The convictions we've landed have been in Örebro and Linköping and we had one spectacular case in Härnösand," Thomas Falck, department head at the agency, told SR.
 
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The benefit cheating can be anything from companies that don't provide care services or people claiming they have a disability that prevents them from working.
 

TT/The Local/og (news@thelocal.se)

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