A YOUNG man has been arrested for fraudulently claiming Covid-19 payments.
Aged in his late teens, the suspect was receiving six separate Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payments into a bank account, in what are believed to be bogus names.
During a search operation today, a sum of cash and counterfeit cash was seized. The man was arrested at the scene and taken to a garda station, where he is currently detained for questioning under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
Gardaí attached to the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB), with assistance from gardaí on secondment at the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) carried out the search at a house in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Gardaí said the search was carried out “on foot of intelligence” received from DEASP in relation to the fraudulent payments.
Investigations are continuing.