4,000 Families Receive Benefits on Fake Documents


The controls of the Agricultural Insurance Organization (OGA) on people receiving family allowances proved that a great deal of people who appeared in the papers, to have three or more children, had in fact no children; they had presented false documents to the authorities in order to be granted the family benefits.

After checks that proved the total mess in the granting of family allowances were complete, OGA called all those who filed applications to receive a family benefit, to once again bring the required documents in order to assess them from scratch, while preparing to ask those who were not entitled, to return the money.

One of the most notable cases where the benefits were cut, are the many newlywed couples in Greece who were married and had a child in 2013. These couples didn’t file a joint tax return which was one of the requirements for taking the allowance.