Citizenship income, INPS close: “Identified 290 thousand applications at risk of fraud”

Intensified checks before disbursing payments to avoid fraudulent behavior

INPS squeeze on basic income. “Following the application evolution of the measure – reads a note – the INPS has intensified ex ante controls with a view to preventing and identifying opportunistic and fraudulent behaviour. Therefore, the control system has been progressively strengthened with the aim of verify the veracity of the statements madeverifying in advance the information held by INPS and other public administrations, and anticipating the checks also from an ‘anti-fraud’ perspective”.

“The risk scenarios developed and the related alarms activated by INPS have made it possible to identify out of approximately 1,290,000 applications received, in the first ten months of 2022, more than 290,000 at risk: 240,000, falling within the scenarios relating to the lack of the requirement of residence in Italy and to false or omitted declarations regarding the working position of members of the family nucleus, have been automatically rejectedbefore the benefit could be unduly received; 50,000 were suspended and subjected to further checks.

Furthermore, predefined “potential risk” scenarios were identified by cross-referencing the declarations present in the CI applications and in the related Single Substitute Declarations with the data and information present in its archives. The INPS underlines this in a note.

This made it possible to intercept the symptomatic instances of the alleged non-existence of one or more requirements for the applicant (or the family) and other potentially incompatible situations and to promptly adopt the consequent rejection measures, anticipating this verification at the time of presentation of the questions, a choice implemented and now regulated by a specific law (art. 74, paragraph 4 ter, of Law no. 234/2021- Budget Law 2022).

In particular, the main risk scenarios concern: lack of residence requirement in Italy; false or omitted declarations regarding the working position of family members; false statements about the composition of the family nucleus.