It’s hardly believable. A 50-year-old woman had made false declarations to the Family Allowance Fund (Caf) for years, before being caught by the patrol.
Her scam took place between 2014 and 2018. This resident of the town of Germany-en-Provence (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), had acquired several social benefits, declaring to be an isolated single mother. During this period of 4 years, the fifties received no less than 25,000 euros!
But how did CAF discover the deception? It was simply by investigating and consulting its Facebook account that the Café des Alpes-de-Haute-Provence discovered the pot-aux-roses. Not at all single, the woman lived in a relationship with a 45-year-old man. All his social and marital life was available to everyone on social networks!
CAF only had to scour their feeds and photos to realize that they weren’t who they said they were.
Fraud at CAF: social networks are proof
Indicted for having made false statements to the Family Allowance Fund, the woman recognized in court to have lied. His companion also confessed to having been an accomplice in this social benefits scam.
Their rationale? A financial precariousness, certainly proven. The couple was not rolling in gold. At the end of their trial, the woman was sentenced to a fine of €1,500, just like her companion.
But that’s not all. The couple must also reimburse the €25,122 which had been wrongly paid to them! In May 2020, the latter were to know the amount of damages they had to pay to the organization, but the verdict has not yet taken place.