“Hundreds of millions levs are lost and do not reach the people who need it – the disabled”, Deputy Chief Prosecutor Ivan Geshev said during a briefing in connection with pre-trial proceedings and inspections on the territory of the whole country in connection with the draining of funds from the National Social Security Institute (NSSI) through fake Territorial Expert Medical Commission (TEMC). According to him, there are certain trends and processes in the state, including criminal law, which make it possible for NSSI and NHIF money to go not to the disabled and ill people, but to people who should not receive funding from these two institutions.
He specified that Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov commissioned an analysis and to be activated the mechanisms available to the prosecution and the Ministry of Interior for criminal-law analysis, carrying out inspections and initiating pre-trial proceedings for documentary crimes. “After an analysis, almost all the proceedings for the last 4-5 years, concerning the receipt of invalid pensions mainly with fake documents, were collected”, Geshev added. According to him, it has been found out in certain regions that the percentage of disability pensions reaches 28% of all the pensions of the particular region.
He gave an example that the highest percentage is in Silistra – 28.6% of all pensions in Silistra district, Razgrad – over 18%, Pernik 16.97%. “As a result of this analysis, actions have been taken with the Ministry of Interior in cooperation with the relevant district and regional prosecution offices and investigations have started in some places and pre-trial proceedings have been made”, Geshev said. “There is going to be made such activity in other district cities where the rates of these disability pensions are lower”, he said, explaining that during interviews with hundreds of people in the last month it was made clear that a large percentage of people do not know what they are sick of.
He explained that among the people who deal with TEMCs in Silistra is a former mayor of a settlement. “People who use fake documents and receive invalid pensions, and those who support them, members of relevant committees who do not respect their obligations, are going to be held criminally liable if it is proved they are committing a crime”, he said the Deputy Chief Prosecutor.
“A huge number of papers were found in Silistra, blank forms for TEMCs, lists of personal data of citizens and personal documents”, the Chief Secretary of the Interior Ministry Commissioner Ivaylo Ivanov said. “We also found that most of the epicrisis and diagnosis were the same”, he added. “More than 200 people were investigated. A large percentage do not know what they are sick of. They do not know where they were being treated, what their diagnosis is. They do not know whether they have been hospitalized or what documents are needed”, Ivanov said, adding that all of this leads to the conclusions that it is a fake issue of documents.
He specified that inspections would not be limited to Razgrad, Silistra, Gabrovo, Vratsa, Montana. “This is for everyone”, said Ivanov. According to him so far, for this short period, seven prosecution files and four pre-trial proceedings have been opened. “There is a huge amount of work to be done, but we have the resources and willingness to deal with this problem so that this thing will stop for good”, said Ivanov.