DUBLIN, Ireland - For the past six months Ireland's Department of Social Protection has engaged with An Garda Sochna in investigating multiple Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) fraud offences.
The investigation, the Garda says, has identified a suspected international organised crime group involving people based in Ireland and other jurisdictions, who have engaged in both identity and fraud offences to obtain PUP monies. A total of 28 individuals have been identified as being active participants.
On Wednesday a number of searches were conducted in Limerick and Clare in connection with this investigation. It was a joint operation involving Department of Social Protection Officials, Garda seconded to the Department of Social Protection, Customs and Excise Officials and Garda based in Limerick and Clare including Detectives, uniformed personnel, the Armed Support Unit and the Garda Dog Unit.
A number of items including documentation and related material were seized and are currently being examined.
The investigation, the Garda says, is continuing.