Data obtained during a census of pensioners revealed the deaths of thousands of pensioners have not being reported so that the family could continue to receive the deceased’s state pension.
The investigation also brought to light numerous scams that have been going on for at least a decade without anyone noticing.
Specifically, based on data up to April 15, 2014:
It was found that 2,999 pensioners had died at least six months before they stopped receiving their pension. According to Greek media, incorrectly paid pensions amounted to 57,127,388 euros, of which 37,797,425 euros have been repaid to the Greek state either from the accounts of pensioners or by the joint holders of their accounts. The search process for the rest 19,329,964 euros is still in progress.
Moreover, it was revealed that out of the 179 cases under investigation, 92 specific cases of fraud had been committed between 1991 and 2012, costing the Greek treasury an estimated 12,864,730 euros.