Leo Varadkar’s officials disputed his fraud claim

Varadkar had said publicly that people were using fake beards to make false welfare claims

27th August, 2017

It has emerged that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s officials removed from an official statement his claim that “tens, if not hundreds, of millions” of euro were being lost to welfare fraud.

Internal emails also reveal that software for tracking identity fraud does not record how many people committed such fraud by wearing fake beards. Varadkar had said publicly that people were using fake beards to make false welfare claims.

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