German court sentences asylum seeker to 18 months prison for claiming €33K welfare under multiple identities

An asylum seeker in Germany has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of fraudulently claiming over €33k in benefits by using our different identities.

In the state of Lower Saxony alone, police believe there are more than 300 similar cases of refugees claiming welfare with multiple identities. According to the Ministry of the Interior, the practice is widespread in Lower Saxony. The total loss is estimated at several million euros.

A special commission is being set up to investigate the epidemic, largely believed to be committed by asylum seekers from Sudan.