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10,000 Fake Pensioners Exploit Greek Social Insurance Funds

One may pose right away the question:: only 10,000 fraudsters have been exploiting the money of debt-ridden, Greek social insurance funds? According to Greek media, the 7,500 fake pensioners have been illegally receiving money from the country’s biggest insurance fund IKA. Further 1,014 fraud case have been revealed at the Farmers’ Fund, OGA. And some 5,000 foreigners had been also illegally getting money summed up from other people’s pension contributions.

The data came into light after the 2011 census of pensioners of several funds. Pensioners have either passed away and their relatives continue to get the money, or people just get pensions althought not entitled to do so.

At the same time, farmers’ fund OGA stopped pensions (360 euro/month) to 5,000 foreigners who did not appear at the census. I bet they are all the Albanian or Georgian ‘grannies’ that have been illegally receiving pensions even though they were never residents of Greece. I have my own experience on the issue.

Greek government tries to eternally stop the exploitation of the social insurance funds money and plans to get back the illegally obtained money. Until the plans turn into practice, the fake pensioners continue to receive some hundreds euro, month in, month out.

I believe the solution is one and only -1-2-3-4: immediately cut the pensions, immediately confiscate assets, immediately put into auction properties. Name and shame the fraudsters.

And do the same for all public servants who facilitated this practice. For these, there is an additional thing to do: immediately kick them out from public administration without compensation.

No need to put them in jail and have tax payers come up for their meals.

PS i wonder whether more fake pensioners will come into light as years and censuses go by…

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10 comments

  1. About time too! Come on Greece, get moving and catch these fraudsters asap! I believe ‘1-2-3-4 to be the best sanction as well, there is no other way to stop it and to put the offenders in prison will just cost the Greek economy more money! Good luck Greece’s honest people in stamping out the fraudsters.

  2. I believe the solution is one and only -1-2-3-4: immediately cut the pensions, immediately confiscate assets, immediately put into auction properties. Name and shame the fraudsters.

    And do the same for all public servants who facilitated this practice. For these, there is an additional thing to do: immediately kick them out from public administration without compensation.

    No need to put them in jail and have tax payers come up for their meals.

    You are radicalising, my dear KTG! But I agree. Let me take it one step further: would it be an idea to form a Tribunal that tries all these cases in public? Fraudsters AND facilitators alike. Use Bouli TV for live broadcasting the procedures. In fact, that would be a great place to hold these procedings.

  3. keeptalkinggreece

    no other solution than radicalising punishment- otherwise, it’s just wasting time and resources and I will end up saying, it’s just for PR purposes.

  4. IKA provides pensions to 830,000 recipients and according to the Greek media 7,500 are allegedly received illegal pensions, representing less than 1% of the total number. If there’s evidence of impropriety against them, they should be apprehended and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

  5. keeptalkinggreece

    Law? what law? they prepare a law to deal wth such issue, I have understood.

  6. keeptalkinggreece

    test successfully passed

  7. I am now over 70, have had a heart attack and a stroke but as a result of this excrement defrauding the pension funds there is not enough money to pay for a carer, to which I would be entitled, having paid my pension contributions throughout my life. Yes 1,2,3,4 is too good for this sh*t. The firing squad woul be more appropriate.

  8. I agree. Public hanging might be a bit extreme and name and shame would be appropriate.