Checks on widows’ pensions to determine bogus payments

Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis has told Parliament that an upcoming investigation on widows’ pensions will determine whether some claimants are receiving payments illegally.

The inquiry, said Vroutsis, will focus on about 500,000 people.

According to the Labor Minister, the government is optimistic that bogus pensions will gradually be wiped out through the implementation of Ariadne, a new database used to collect data on claimants’ status changes from four different sources. The new system is expected to save public coffers some 478 millions annually.

Over 50,000 pensions have been stopped over the past two years because they were being claimed illegally or the claimants had died.