Muslims living in France—either born there or with French nationality—have been claiming unemployment benefits and other welfare while fighting for ISIS in Syria, a French newspaper has revealed.
At the height of the swindle, at least 20 percent of the Muslims from France fighting for ISIS in Syria were still accessing their social benefits from France, the paper reported.
The scam was possible because relatives of the fighters were collecting the case from French social welfare offices—with the government employees either unable to tell the Muslims apart, or through some other loophole—and then transferring the funds abroad.
“Armed with their cards and photos, the parents were able to access the funding from the Unemployment Agency or the Family Allowances and send it to combat zones, mostly via Turkey,” an investigator tasked with looking into the illegal financing of Isis, told Le Figaro.
Last year at least 420 fraudulent withdrawals of this kind were made.
The investigators said that there were 190 known people involved in making the money transfers from the French side, and 210 people collecting the money on the other side.
The investigators looking the illegal financing of Isis found that some €500,000 had been sent from France between 2012 and 2017.