Written answers

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of Justice and Equality

Social Welfare Fraud

Photo of Peadar TóibínPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Aontú)
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420. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the value of social welfare payments recovered by the Criminal Assets Bureau in each of the past five years and to date in 2021. [49291/21]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will be aware, the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) is a multi-agency statutory body established under the Criminal Assets Bureau Act 1996. The Bureau’s remit is to target a person's assets, wherever situated, which derive, or are suspected to derive, directly or indirectly, from criminal conduct. Since its inception, the Bureau has been at the forefront of fighting organised crime in this jurisdiction and disrupting the activities of criminal gangs by depriving them of ill-gotten assets.

I am advised by CAB that the below table outlines the value of social welfare payments recovered by the Bureau for the years 1996 – 2020.

At 30/09/2021, the value of social welfare payments recovered by the Bureau is €218,323.93 for 2021.

YEAR AMOUNT (€)
31/12/2016 297,430.12
31/12/2017 319,720.31
31/12/2018 302,673.36
31/12/2019 324,055.73
31/12/2020 317,236.57
TOTAL 1,561,116.09

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