Moroccan MP accused of welfare fraud

27th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

27 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — Utrecht City Council is demanding that a Moroccan MP repay EUR 130,000 in social welfare payments because he allegedly owns several houses and a poultry farm.

27 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — Utrecht City Council is demanding that a Moroccan MP repay EUR 130,000 in social welfare payments because he allegedly owns several houses and a poultry farm.

A complaint in relation to "considerable" social welfare fraud has been lodged against the man and his wife with the public prosecutor's office, the city council said in a statement on Thursday.

"The couple wrongfully received social welfare payments in Utrecht totalling about EUR 130,000 between 1992 and 2002", the council said.

An investigation by the council's fraud department t indicated that the couple own a number of houses and a poultry farm in Morocco. These assets were not declared to Utrecht's social welfare department (SoZaWe) when the couple applied for the assistance, the statement said.

The city council said the man has been politically active in Morocco since 1997, first as a local councillor and then as a member of the national parliament in Rabat.

"If the SoZaWe had been aware of these facts, the couple would not have received the social welfare allowance," the council said. It is now demanding that the money be repaid.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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