GREECE has stopped various benefits, including pensions, to 200,000 people who lied to get their monthly cheques or were in fact dead.
The figure is roughly 2% of the Greek population. Debt-laden Athens discovered the fraud after beginning basic data cross checks and means-testing, under pressure from its international lenders to cut its deficits.
The government yesterday terminated payments to families who continued to receive the pensions of their dead relatives and it also stopped benefits to wealthy recipients who had posed as poor to become eligible.
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