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“Cheat Button” exposes 39 Swindlers

Thirty-nine swindlers have been exposed in the past two months, thanks to a special notification button on the Social Insurance Administration’s home page which allows people to alert authorities of suspected benefit fraud. Visir.is reports this today.

Police Car. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The button was installed one year ago, but since July 1st 2010, 63 notifications regarding benefit fraud have arrived. Thereof, 39 cases turned out to be justifiable and actions were taken.

According to Ásta Arnardóttir, SIA’s publicist, most of the notifications have to do with couples failing to document their domestic partnership.

When alerted of founded suspicion regarding lawbreaking related to domestic partnership, the National Registry of Iceland investigates the case.

According to the National Registry’s office manager Skúli Gudmundsson, two people cannot be forced to register their domestic partnership, even if they live together. But when they receive benefits they are not entitled to, the police will investigate the matter.

In most cases, the suspicion has been founded and the legal residence subsequently corrected, as well as the benefit payments.

According to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Stefán Eiríksson the police are obligated to assist the National Registry and the SIA when requested. When insurance fraud has been exposed, the case is regarded as a criminal case.

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