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Canary link to massive fraud involving pensions for dead relatives 

The National Police have uncovered a fraud of two million euros to the Social Security for undue payments of pensions, with implications in the Canary Islands.

Spanish officers, in collaboration with the General Treasury of the Social Security and the National Institute of Social Security, carried out Operation “LIBITINA” * investigating 27 cases throughout the national territory, for a fraud of almost two million euros to the National Institute of Social Security through the collection of pensions for deceased persons.

“Prior to the establishment of current controls by the Administration, the work of detecting deaths was quite tedious and complex, with the death of pensioners not detected at the time but with the continued payment of pensions,” said a police spokesman.

The investigations began at the beginning of this year at the request of the General Treasury Social Security.

Several cases had been detected in which the monthly payments of the benefit to deceased persons continued to be paid.

Once the existence of these criminal irregularities had been confirmed, a police device was put into action that encompassed the provinces of Alicante, Almeria, Cantabria, Cordoba, Las Palmas, Lleida, Lugo, Madrid, Malaga, Pontevedra and Valencia, which culminated with the involvement of those investigated for crimes of fraud of benefits, fraud and documentary falsehoods.

Twenty-seven cases have been reviewed, 62 were investigated, of which 19 were involved for the fraud of 1,932,211.27 euros to the National Institute of Social Security. Those responsible for the crime have turned out to be relatives of the deceased persons, being these mainly brothers or sisters, children and nephews and nieces.

In some cases, people said to be responsible for the fraud had already died themselves.

“Therefore, although the Court was informed, it has not been possible to take a statement from any person responsible,” said the police.

In all cases, a patrimonial report has been made of the people involved.

In one case, benefit was paid to a pensioner who had died 31 years before.

Excuses given included ignorance of what to do, telling their bank but the bank failing to stop paying in the money and also using it because of dire finanicial situations.