Relatives Didn’t Declare People Dead To Keep Receiving Pension


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.


  1. It seems absurd that these cases of fraud had been going on is some cases since 1991 and only now they have been discovered. Why?

    Seems people were getting a cut on that money to turn a blind eye. Let’s not be so naive as to believe it is only the relatives of the dead that were bilking the system. As with so much corruption in this country it’s always a “food chain” from top to bottom.

  2. Totally agree.
    This doctor-patient scam has been going on for decades. Not very long ago I think it was Kefalonia where inspectors attempted to verify the number of visually impaired receiving assistance. Most never showed up to the audit, others were unimpaired and one was a taxi driver.

  3. It’s a shame that the only hope for Greece is the next generations–yet they swim daily up stream against so much resistance brought on by the greed of those in charge. What is even sadder is that the curse of corruption is just being taught to and enabled to the youth of a system that has is doomed unless it is broken.

    The 18-40 generation not only has the worst employment in the EU, their lot also has to inherit a country with the following distinctions: (all verified this year by recent indices)

    1. “Poorist nation in Europe.”
    2. “Most corrupt nation in the EU”
    3. “Worst national educational system in Europe”

    God help them all.

  4. PC: I agree. Our correspondence is often in ‘slo-mo’ mode. That’s because my saddle blanket and campfire are often busy sending out signals in other writing directions–as are yours, I would imagine.

    Nevertheless, I always enjoy your informed and astute commentary all the same.

    By the way, have you noticed a veritable lull in the storm of baiting and poking on here from the lunatic fringe? Seems the powers that be are holding remarkably close to their ‘guidelines’ these days. Much more civilized discussions as a result–Bravo guys!.

    Were only the Greek state so faithful now to its own existing by-laws . . .

    Keep up the good fight, Bro!

  5. Patience is a virtue many Greeks have in short supply. While there is no sense in accidentally burning a perfectly good horse blanket, perhaps the delay screening commentaries could be eased a bit to allow for a constructive dialogue. Like watching television where the video and audio are out of synch, the lips move but I can’t hear anything for 4 to 6 hours. Although this is a brief respite we’ll soon hear the compulsory post mortem critique of parties and candidates after the election. This would be a very good time for GR to carefully allow the flow of constructive commentaries from contributors and a little humour.. Lets hope.


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