Spaniard killed wife, drew widower's pension: authorities

9th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

Spanish authorities cancelled a widower's benefit payments when it emerged he had been claiming them after killing his wife, officials said Friday.

Media estimated that he had claimed more than 40,000 euros ($53,000) over six years.

"Social security has cancelled the pension of the man convicted of killing his wife," the labour ministry said in a statement.

"It will legally reclaim the sums that were unduly paid," it said, adding that it was investigating how the payments got authorised.

Spanish media calculated that the man had claimed more than 40,000 euros in widower's benefits which he applied for after stabbing his 55-year-old wife to death in 2005 in Catalonia, northeastern Spain. He was jailed in 2007.

© 2011 AFP

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