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DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL
PROTECTION
Special Investigation Unit
and Control of Illicit Trade
Brian Kearney
Manager
Special Inve...
Social Welfare ....is BIG
Business
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Expenditure €20 BILLION
1.4 MILLION weekly payments- .5 million
Child Be...
Special Investigation Unit

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PREVENT –DETECT- DETER SOCIAL WELFARE FRAUD

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89 Social Welfare Inspectors working exclus...
What a Social Welfare Inspector
can legally do
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Enter any place where she believes there is
employment
Requ...
Social Welfare Inspector Powers
on Road Checks & Airport Checks
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Power with Gardaí or customs (in uniform) to stop ...
MULTI AGENCY VEHICLE
CHECKS
ANTI FRAUD INITIATIVE 2011-2013
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“Social welfare fraud undermines public confidence in the

entire system as well as bei...
SIU -WHAT WE DO!
Targeted Hidden Economy Projects
 Multi Agency Road Checks
 Identity Fraud Checks
 Data Matching
 Res...
SIU -WHAT WE DO!
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OPERATION AIRSIDE

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OPERATION SITE

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OPERATION TRANSPORT

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LIFSTYLE AND ASSETS

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STREETSCAPES ...
Multi-agency Approach with
Revenue/Gardai/GNIB/NERA/NTA/CO COUNCILS
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Joint Investigation Units – with Revenu...
Multi Agency Co-operation
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Time is right for a multi agency approach

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Intelligence sharing, collaboration, joint oper...
ONGOING DEVELOPMENTS

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New Public Service Card with Key security and identification features

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20 Gardaí added to the ...
Thank You
Contact Brian.kearney@welfare.ie
 Visit www.welfare.ie
 Collaborate in stopping illegal trade
 By phone: (01)...
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  1. 1. DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL PROTECTION Special Investigation Unit and Control of Illicit Trade Brian Kearney Manager Special Investigation Unit Cork-Kerry-Limerick
  2. 2. Social Welfare ....is BIG Business        Expenditure €20 BILLION 1.4 MILLION weekly payments- .5 million Child Benefit monthly 87 million payments in 2012 2m applications made in 2012 8.4m telephone calls answered 1 million control reviews carried out 7200 staff at 470 locations
  3. 3. Special Investigation Unit  PREVENT –DETECT- DETER SOCIAL WELFARE FRAUD  89 Social Welfare Inspectors working exclusively on fraud countrywide  Black -Shadow – Grey- Hidden- Informal Economy -Social Welfare Fraud – estimated cost 2.4%- 4.1% of social welfare budget  Multi-agency Approach with Revenue/Gardaí/GNIB/NERA/National Transport Authority/County Councils/Corporations etc.  Data and Information Sharing with other Government Agencies  Prosecutions
  4. 4. What a Social Welfare Inspector can legally do        Enter any place where she believes there is employment Require employer to produce records Require attendance of employer Interview all persons on premises Require person interviewed to sign statement Power to Require a person to produce documents or information Power to seize documents
  5. 5. Social Welfare Inspector Powers on Road Checks & Airport Checks    Power with Gardaí or customs (in uniform) to stop any vehicle where the social welfare inspector reasonably suspects is used in the course of employment or self employment and Power to question and make enquiries of any person in the vehicle Power to attend at any port or airport and where there are reasonable grounds to question and make enquiries of a person who is a passenger
  6. 6. MULTI AGENCY VEHICLE CHECKS
  7. 7. ANTI FRAUD INITIATIVE 2011-2013  “Social welfare fraud undermines public confidence in the entire system as well as being unfair to other recipients of social welfare payments, [and] taxpayers and businesses [that] run on a legitimate basis”.      Enforcement Integrated response Strong ties between public agencies. Police the hidden economy, Sanctions for perpetrators and recover lost revenue
  8. 8. SIU -WHAT WE DO! Targeted Hidden Economy Projects  Multi Agency Road Checks  Identity Fraud Checks  Data Matching  Respond to Good Citizen Reports  Share intelligence with other Government Agencies and UK and EU agencies 
  9. 9. SIU -WHAT WE DO!  OPERATION AIRSIDE  OPERATION SITE  OPERATION TRANSPORT  LIFSTYLE AND ASSETS  STREETSCAPES PROJECTS  DATA MATCHING PROJECTS  TARGETING ORGANISED FRAUD  GOOD CITIZEN REPORTS  SIU IS TARGET DRIVEN- SAVINGS (€70ml.) AND PROSECUTIONS (300)
  10. 10. Multi-agency Approach with Revenue/Gardai/GNIB/NERA/NTA/CO COUNCILS        Joint Investigation Units – with Revenue- Customs Gardaí –MAVC’s-working with Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation – sharing intelligence- CAB Garda National Immigration Bureau National Employment Rights Agency National Transport Authority Enforcement Team County Council Waste Enforcement Officers Regional Hidden Economy Working Groups
  11. 11. Multi Agency Co-operation  Time is right for a multi agency approach  Intelligence sharing, collaboration, joint operations, data sharing  Building networks and relationships  Positive Public Perception
  12. 12. ONGOING DEVELOPMENTS  New Public Service Card with Key security and identification features  20 Gardaí added to the Special Investigation Unit in 2014  Improved sharing of information and Data Matching between Government Agencies – better technologies  Targeting Internet Shopping and Business  Raising Public Awareness of the effects of Illegal Trade- Social Welfare Fraud
  13. 13. Thank You Contact Brian.kearney@welfare.ie  Visit www.welfare.ie  Collaborate in stopping illegal trade  By phone: (01) 6732123, (071) 9672648 or Lo-call: 1890 927999.  By Post: Central Control Division, DSP, Shannon Lodge, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim. 

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