An operation carried out by Carabinieri police against a 'citizenship wage' fraud | Photo: ANSA/ US CARABINIERI/ANSAmed
An operation carried out by Carabinieri police against a 'citizenship wage' fraud | Photo: ANSA/ US CARABINIERI/ANSAmed

Italian authorities have reported five migrants to prosecutors and to pensions and social security agency INPS for allegedly claiming the 'citizenship wage' minimum-income benefit illicitly.

Carabinieri police and labor inspectors in the Italian city of Pescasseroli (Abruzzo region) have identified five foreigners who are accused of illegitimately claiming the 'citizenship wage' minimum-income, investigative sources said on Tuesday, February 8. The suspects were reported to judicial and administrative authorities.

During controls on foreign citizens staying in hosting facilities for migrants, Carabinieri police examined several applications presented by residents to receive the benefit, the sources explained.

Migrants without requirements

The probe reportedly revealed that five non-EU citizens, aged 25 to 37, had presented to the pensions and social security agency fake documentation in order to obtain the 'citizenship wage', according to investigative sources.

Carabinieri police found evidence -- also obtained by cross-checking available data banks -- that all five applicants had been residing in Italy for a much shorter period than the 10 years required to obtain the benefit, investigative sources said.

In order to apply for the benefit recognized by the Italian state, foreign residents in fact need to have lived in Italy for at least 10 years and to have no other source of income.

Reported to authorities

Three of those reported to authorities had received a total of 8,000 euros since the spring of 2021 although they allegedly had no right to claim the benefit, investigative sources said. For this reason, Carabinieri police reported them to judicial and administrative authorities so that charges can be pressed and the sums of money can be recuperated, according to the same sources.

The other two migrants reported to authorities had not received any money yet and judicial procedures will prevent the payment of the requested benefits, investigative sources explained. ().

 

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