Man arrested in investigation into 25 claims of Covid-19 unemployment payment worth over €56,000 1 month ago

Man arrested in investigation into 25 claims of Covid-19 unemployment payment worth over €56,000

A man was arrested in Mulhuddart in Dublin on Thursday morning.

A man in his 30s has been arrested as part of ongoing investigations into payment fraud related to the government’s Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).

The investigation is linked with up to 25 separate claims made under the scheme, totalling in excess of €56,000 to date, all of which are related to the man arrested on Thursday.

Gardaí from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB), on secondment at the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) special investigations unit, arrested the man following a search of a house in Mulhuddart in Dublin 15. Documentation and notebooks were also recovered in the search.

The man was conveyed to Blanchardstown Garda Station, where he is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

Enquiries are ongoing and further updates will follow.

On Monday, the Department of Social Protection revealed that it had this week issued payments valued at €153.6 million to 439,000 people for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP), a decrease of 26,900 recipients on the previous week.

In total, there have been 695,867 recipients of the scheme to date, as of the week ending 28 June.