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Almost 1 billion in public-sector waste, fraud found in 2013

Finance police track down fake blind, poor benefits cheats

Almost 1 billion in public-sector waste, fraud found in 2013

Rome, June 21 - Italian finance police said Friday that they uncovered 957 million euros worth of waste and fraud in the public sector in the first five months of this year. They said fraud in public grants to support industrial concerns, infrastructure and the development of renewable energy accounted for 800 million euros of that money. The police said they tracked down 3,660 fraudsters in this period, including people who had faked being poor or having disabilities such as blindness to be able to claim benefits.

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