Cretan man jailed for 8 months over illegal pension claims

A 55-year-old man from Iraklio, Crete, was sentenced to eight months in jail on Thursday for failing to pay back his mother’s pension which he claimed illegally after she died.

The country’s main social security fund, IKA, had ordered the man to pay back 16,000 euros out of the 30,000 he claimed illegally between January 2008 and October 2011.

His offense was discovered when IKA completed an audit of its pensioners last year, its first ever.

The same court handed a six-month jail sentence to a local woman on January 9 for illegally collecting her dead sister’s pension between March 2005 and October 2011.