Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar launching his Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All campaign in April
You may recall how Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar launched his €200,845 Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All campaign last month.
In the relation to the launch, at the time, the Irish Independent reported:
Mr Varadkar said the facial recognition technology associated with the [public service] card was helping the Department of Social Protection find “doppelgangers” who try to double claim payments.
“There are quite a few out there,” he said. The facial recognition software can identify ‘double people’ out there. “Even people putting on make-up and beards and stuff. None of that works because it’s all based on bone structure.”
Further to this…
Sarah Bardon, in The Irish Times, reports:
The Department of Social Protection has identified just one suspected case of identity fraud this year, it has emerged.
The department said in response to a parliamentary question that 134 suspected cases had been identified between 2014 and April this year, with 21 successful prosecutions so far, and 18 people receiving custodial sentences.