August 27, 2010

GREECE: Greek Government Halts Pension Payments to the Deceased

ATHENS, Greece / Greek Reporter / Money / News / August 27, 2010

By Anny Tzotzadini

The Greek government determined that it has been paying pensions to people who passed away years ago. There were even cases in which the payments went to someone who died ten years ago.

As part of its waste tackling regime, the government has discovered that 321 of the people dead still recieving pensions are over 100 years old. The money had been deposited into their bank accounts.

The country’s Labour Ministry has now said it will review the circumstances of people under 100 in order to ensure all false payments are stopped.

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