Woman arrested for falsely claiming widow’s pension for nearly 30 years

A 63-year-old woman who allegedly claimed a widow’s pension for nearly 30 years despite the fact that she remarried shortly after her husband’s death was arrested on Thursday by officers of the Financial Police and the police’s electronic crimes squad.

The woman was caught Wednesday at an Athens branch of the Social Security Foundation (IKA) collecting a pension check, according to police who said she started claiming the money in 1980, when her husband died, but continued claiming a widow’s pension, which she was no longer entitled to, after remarrying in 1984.

She is believed to have cost IKA some 105,000 euros, according to the foundation, which said it had traced around 70 similar cases nationwide.