National Police agents, in collaboration with the Secretary of State for Social Security, have uncovereda fraud 6,357,510.68 eurosmade byundue collection of pensions of deceased personsover the past year2019in 21 Spanish provinces.
Agents have arrested eleven of the 36 people who have been identifiedas alleged perpetrators of a total of 55 crimes against Social Security, fraud, documentary falsification and misappropriation, the General Directorate of the Police reported in a press release.
The actions have been carried out throughout 2019 in 21 provinces, specifically in Álava, Alicante, Almería, Asturias, Barcelona, Cáceres, Cantabria, Córdoba, Gerona, Huelva, La Coruña, Las Palmas, Madrid, Málaga, Murcia, Orense, Pontevedra, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Seville, Valencia and Zaragoza.
Investigations began upon receiptseveral complaints of similar events in different parts of the country. The majority of those involved in the benefit of these amounts paid illegally were people close to the deceased, such as brothers, children, grandchildren and nephews, but also husbands, wives, sons-in-law and ex-partners.
Not all those responsible have been able to make themselves available to the judicial authority as some have died, are seriously ill or are in advanced age. Others are residing in Germany, Chile, Ecuador, the United States, France, Switzerland and Venezuela.
An actress to impersonate a deceased
This operation has been an organizational challenge for researchers. 12,586 improper payments, 75 bank accounts, 23 cases with more than 100,000 euros defrauded, 40 pensions that exceeded ten years of illegal income, 22 deaths occurred before the year 2000 and 11 deaths of Spanish pensioners occurred abroad have been analyzed.
Thanks to the legally established mechanisms, so far 3,893,787.08 euros have been recovered from the total defrauded, police sources have pointed out.
The General Directorate of the Police has highlighted the case of a woman who, in order to gain access to the bank account of her mother who died four years beforeHe did not hesitate to approach the bank with another person who supplanted the identity of his father. In this way, he gained access to money by falsifying the signature of the account holder.
The involved benefited from more than 200 cash provisions, which have resulted in fraud against the National Social Security Institute of more than 74,000 euros, paid over the past 20 years improperly.
A bank employee falsified supporting documents
One of the detainees is a bank employeethat, taking advantage of his knowledge in the position and abusing the trust of his office colleagues, he made up to 62 refunds of the account of a deceased woman and who had been unduly paid by the National Social Security Institute.
To commit the facts, this man falsified the cash receipts and bank cards of the deceased pensioner and, in order to justify himself at his job, took advantage of the moments when he attended to elderly people to indicate his partner from the window that it was very old, that he could not stand when he had movement difficulties and invited her to wait sitting.
With that ploy, he got the cash delivered to him with the false belief that the woman who was sitting was the account holder. The worker’s arrest occurred while extracting money at an ATM of the entity he had previously stolen.