Fraud on allowances paid by the Family Allowance Funds reached the “record amount” of 351.4 million euros last year. This is an increase of 13.5% compared to 2021, the National Family Allowance Fund (Cnaf) said on Monday.
351.4 million euros in fraud detected in CAFs in 2022. “This is a record amount”, notes the Cnaf on Monday, which puts this result on the account of “better targeted controls”. The Cnaf has 700 controllers and 30 new controllers from the National Service for the Fight against Fraud at Stakes (SNLFE), recruited since 2021 to check this system “largely based on the declarations of beneficiaries”, she adds.
Thus, 32.4 million checks were carried out in 2022, having led in particular to the detection of “48,692 cases of individual fraud”, specifies the Cnaf, which paid a total of nearly 99 billion euros in aid to 13 .6 million beneficiaries.
An average damage of 7,217 euros
The average damage amounts to 7,217 euros, according to the Cnaf, which confirms that these are indeed fraudsters acting knowingly, and not errors made by the recipients.
In detail, the Active Solidarity Income (RSA) concentrates 60% of fraud. Next come the activity bonus (13%), housing aid (12%) and the disabled adult allowance (3%).
The Cnaf unveils the results of the new SNLFE teams, which track fraud in organized gangs and operate at the national level, when the Cafs carry out checks at the departmental level.
SNLFE investigators carried out 7,800 checks in 2022 to verify that RSA recipients met the residence conditions (living nine months a year on French territory). “Of these checks, 69.4 million undue (amounts received by recipients when they should not be: editor’s note) were detected, 58% of which were fraudulent”.
378 million euros donated to benefit recipients
The checks also made it possible to correct rights for an amount of 1.36 billion euros: 985 million euros overpaid by the Cafs and which they recover, without the fraudulent nature being established. Conversely, the Caf returned 378 million euros to benefit recipients.
As part of the national plan to combat social fraud announced by the government at the end of May, Caf will strengthen its methods of action in the coming months.