Gardaí attached to the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB), with assistance from Gardaí on secondment at the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP), have today arrested a man in his late teens for fraudulently claiming Covid-19 payments.
A search was conducted at a house in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath on Thursday, May 21 on foot of intelligence received from DEASP in relation to these fraudulent payments.
The suspected offender was receiving six separate Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payments into a bank account, in what are believed to be bogus names.
During the course of the search operation, a sum of cash and counterfeit cash was seized.
The man was arrested at the scene and taken to Mullingar Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
Investigations are continuing.