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Argentina: Beneficiaries of social aid found not to be in need

Saturday, December 30th 2023 - 11:33 UTC
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Marijuán found that almost 160,000 beneficiaries of “Potenciar Trabajo” had traveled abroad, many of them “on numerous occasions” Marijuán found that almost 160,000 beneficiaries of “Potenciar Trabajo” had traveled abroad, many of them “on numerous occasions”

Argentina's Human Capital Ministry on Friday ordered the suppression of 4,588 social assistance plans whose beneficiaries were found to have incurred expenses incompatible with such assistance, it was reported in Buenos Aires.

Many of the recipients of the “Potenciar trabajo” social plans for the unemployed were on the payroll of the provincial governments of Mendoza, Misiones, Entre Ríos, Tucumán, Río Negro, Jujuy, the province of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Córdoba, Corrientes, Formosa, Salta and Santa Cruz, it was discovered. According to local media, some of them even took luxurious trips abroad.

The investigation carried out by Federal Prosecutor Guillermo Marijuan found, after cross-checking the database of beneficiaries and public employees of 13 provinces, “4,588 people would present incompatibilities to access said plan,” the Ministry said through a statement.

Presidential spokesman Manuel Adorni confirmed last Tuesday that the national government had launched an audit “in all the employment promotion plans, which amount to more than one million, in order to detect irregularities or assigned plans that are not properly justified”. Adorni also pointed out that there could be around 160,000 cases of irregularities of various kinds.

During a probe into possible fraud in the granting of benefits under the Potenciar Trabajo program, Marijuán reportedly found that public officials in various provinces received such benefits, which are prohibited by law. The Public Prosecutor's Office is investigating possible crimes of “dereliction of duty” of a public official due to failure to control and “fraud,” and has already identified 8,535 cases.

Marijuán has already filed a criminal complaint before Buenos Aires Federal Judge María Romilda Servini, after discovering that almost 160,000 beneficiaries of “Potenciar Trabajo” had traveled abroad, many of them “on numerous occasions”.

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  • jlt

    And it's probably the tip of the iceberg!

    Dec 30th, 2023 - 02:07 pm 0
  • Jo Bloggs

    The only surprise about this piece is how long the fraud (theft) was allowed to go on for. I’d also like to see attendance records at the place of work for these people. They should be named and shamed in public.

    Dec 30th, 2023 - 06:47 pm 0
  • Tænk

    - Nice to agree with the above British citizen from the Malvinas Isles...

    These Argie fraudsters/thieves should indeed be named and shamed in public...
    Whenever possible also fined..., disqualified from future government jobs and..., in extreme cases even jailed...

    Now..., for the sake of proportionality..., this Argie citizen Tænks that now..., that we have shown to be “Strong with the Weak”..., we could begin to ponder what to do with them many well known Anglo War Criminals that are..., as these lines at typed..., very actively assisting in the daily slaughtering of ~250 women & children in Palestine...


    Dec 31st, 2023 - 09:23 am -2
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