Over 300 cases of welfare fraud have been discovered in a German city, and the perpetrators allegedly originated from a group of asylum seekers Germany received in 2015.
The cost of this fraud amounts to between $3 and $5 million euros or the equivalent of $3.2 and $5.3 million U.S. dollars.
The fraud occurred in the northern German city of Braunschweig, with a population of 250,000, and according to Joe Memenga, the chairman of the special welfare investigation commission, “The suspects are believed to have been among the 800,000 asylum seekers who arrived in Germany in 2015.”
The over 300 welfare fraud cases involved Sudanese refugees from that group of asylum seekers.
According to the commission’s report, “The refugees in question had registered themselves several times in different locations in a bid to receive multiple welfare payments and they succeeded by using basic disguises to create three or four different identities.”