Asylum Seekers Scam German Aid Program for Millions by Applying with ‘up to 12’ Fake IDs
Welfare claimants would simply change their appearance to receive additional documents from unsuspecting social service workers.
RT.com – January 2, 2017
A special commission in the northern German city of Braunschweig will investigate over 300 cases of fraud committed by asylum applicants, who gamed the welfare system by using multiple IDs to claim benefits – and that may just be the tip of the iceberg.
The estimated total loss of taxpayer money in the state of Lower Saxony alone has been put at three to five million euros ($3.2-5.3 million), Regional German broadcaster NDR reported.
In the majority of cases, the scheme was employed by Sudanese refugees who were applying for benefits within the social welfare system, the head of the newly established investigative commission, Joern Memenga, said, as cited by Deutsche Welle.
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