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Covid-19 welfare fraud investigation leads to 17 arrests

Following an investigation into Covid-19 welfare fraud in Ireland, gardaí have arrested 17 people at a number of business premises in Dublin.

The multi-agency operation, which was lead by the Garda National Immigration Bureau, resulted in five business premises being searched in Dublin, including a shop and a restaurant.

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Of the 17 people who were arrested for immigration offences, nine were men while eight were women with ages ranging from 20s to 60s.

The searches also included officers from Mountjoy Garda Station, representatives from the Department of Social Protection, Workplace Relations Commission, as well as Revenue officials.

According to a Garda statement, 16 of those arrested were charged and given bail and will appear before the district court on the 18th of November.

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One man in his 50s will be appearing before the Dublin District Court today in relation to an outstanding bench warrant which is unrelated to this operation.

IMAGE – Gardainfo/Twitter

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