'Those involved in the Bulgarian fraud have been compensated in the Badal case'

‘Those involved in the Bulgarian fraud have been compensated in the Badal case’

Participate in fourteen people De Bulgarnfrud They received 30,000 euros in compensation due to the subsidy case. The Ministry of Finance is currently investigating whether it received compensation incorrectly. Message to Parliament Follow the news in from a reporter.

In 2013, it was revealed that people in Bulgaria had been “recruited” by criminals to apply for benefits here. The money paid went to the criminals and the Bulgarians often returned to Bulgaria with about 500 euros in their pockets. It is not clear whether applicants for compensation also come from Bulgaria, according to De Correspondent, because citizenship data can no longer be viewed in the tax authorities.

Ministry check

The Treasury responds: “We are currently investigating indications of compensation being awarded to people who are not entitled to it, or who have abused the childcare allowance.” Foreign Minister Van Hovelin reportedly informed the House of Representatives of the first insights into this research during the debate last Thursday. This debate was canceled due to the controversy over the coalition agreement and the postponement to January.

Those involved in Bulgarian fraud can receive compensation because the tax authorities have given them the characteristic of “intent / gross negligence”. Because of the allowance issue, a compensation plan was introduced for people who were categorized in this way. The Cabinet promised last December that the affected parents would receive 30,000 euros in compensation.

It is now assumed that everyone has been wrongly accused of “willful/gross negligence”, unless someone has been criminally convicted or sentenced to a criminal fine. But the Bulgarians were never convicted, because they were both perpetrators and victims of the criminals who recruited them.

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“Overcompensation”

According to De Correspondent, firing letters are now circulating within tax authorities warning of excessive compensation. “Perhaps everyone within the service will agree that real victims should be compensated generously,” reads a message from the Intensive Monitoring Team. “But (…) if this continues, within a few years, the then current Secretary of State may again be responsible for these abuses.”

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