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Man arrested in €200,000 welfare fraud case amid crackdown

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Until late June, all passengers arriving in Ireland received follow up calls from Border Management (.stock photo)

Until late June, all passengers arriving in Ireland received follow up calls from Border Management (.stock photo)

Niall Carson/PA Wire

Until late June, all passengers arriving in Ireland received follow up calls from Border Management (.stock photo)

Gardaí have arrested a 68-year-old man in relation to a social welfare fraud in excess of €200,000 which had been allegedly carried out for 23 years.

The Clondalkin man, who is understood to have worked in the construction industry, was brought to his local Garda station where detectives from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) questioned him before releasing him without charge.

"Essentially this individual was working under one name and claiming social welfare benefits under another name," a senior source told Independent.ie last night.