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According to Angelos Zakynthos Island had about 2% of population registered as blind. Although, it came out of the 680 blind people 61 were driving a car and 498 were not blind at all, but simply had vision impairment. Being blind had its perks. 724 euro government support every two months as well as lower utility bills. All the scheme led to one eye doctor and one official and it cost the nation at least 9 million euros. Although it was just the tip of the iceberg according to Angelos after additional research
Out of the people who were disabled (on paper) and recieved benefits, 36 000 failed to come to government agencies to update their date. This could mean saving another 100 million a year.
When government started researching on people who recieved pension, 8500 of them were over 100 old, which seemed suspicious. Further investigation showed that over 40 000 pensions were based on scam and the people had not registered the death of their relatives.
Official stats show that the most wealthy part of Athens had a pool in 300 households, which was paid taxes for accordingly. When the government took a look at Google Earth, it showed the region had nearly 20 000 pools.
It is estimated that avoiding taxes costs Greece nearly 20 billion euros a year and different benefit frauds are not even counted in
You can not run a welfare state if so many people avoiding paying their share for it.