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Over 200 self-declared poor busted by police

Investigators say that welfare recipients falsified certificates

Over 200 self-declared poor busted by police

Rome, November 9 - Rome police on Friday said they busted over 200 welfare recipients fraudulently claiming State benefits based on self-certifications of poverty. Many of the claimants receiving social services like school-tax exemptions, scholarships and free legal aid owned "villas and luxury cars," police said. Investigations took place in Rome's 13th district, the beachfront community of Ostia and suburb Casal Palocco. Those being investigated face charges of false certification and fraud against the State.

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