24 Danish seniors living in Thailand have been caught red-handed for cheating with their pension valued for over two million Danish kroner.
A single Danish senior in Thailand receives 13.000 Danish kroner before tax, but if he is living together with a Thai woman he will only receive 11.000 Danish kroner.
By not declaring the fact they are living together with a Thai woman, the Danish seniors have in three years been received a bigger pension income.
”During 2012, 2013 and 2014 we have examined the total of 435 seniors addressed in Thailand. 24 of these have now received a refund claim consisting of 2,1 million Danish kroner in total, says Ellen Dalsgaard Zdravkovic, deputy director in Udbetaling Danmark (The Cash Payment in Denmark).
The 24 seniors had not informed the authorities about their civil relationships, but none of the seniors have been reported to the police for criminal fraud. They have only been requested to return the money to the tax authorities in Denmark.
The last couple of years there has been put in place some additional control on payouts abroad due to a new authorisation to the Danish finance act in 2011.
”This means we can set more focus on payouts to seniors settled outside Denmark, in this case Danes living in Thailand”, says Ellen Dalsgaard Zdravkovic.
A few seniors have still not declared anything about their marital status.