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Second arrest made in PUP fraud investigation

Gardaí have made their second arrest today in relation to an organised social welfare fraud involving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

It is understood that the criminals involved had netted €187,000 by using the identities of 73 innocent people to apply for it every week.

The fraud is believed to have begun back in December when a large group of people were targeted by the fraudsters via email.

The emails were purported to be from the Irish Court Service summoning the individuals to jury duty.

Attached to the email was a document that asked the recipients to provide personal information such as their PPS number, full name and address.

These details were then used by the fraudsters to claim the weekly PUP. The first arrest was made back in December in Cork with the second arrest taking place today also in Cork.

The emails and applications for the PUP used the same email address but remained undetected by the Department of Social protection with some of the payments continuing even after they were alerted by gardaí.

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