The letterbox of recreation park De Kanthoeve is often packed with letters from the UWV and ING. For seven years now, the board of the campsite in Bakel has received between ten and twenty letters every week. Those letters are addressed to people with an Eastern European surname and who do not stay at the campsite at all. It is likely to be a benefit fraud.
Watch Wendy’s response to the stack of letters that arrive every week:
Wendy and other board members of the Kanthoeve in Bakel regularly call the benefits agency UWV. “But we are always sent from box to wall. We also came by with hundreds of letters, but it doesn’t stop. ”
According to Van der Zalm, they react very lax at the UWV when she is on the phone again. “Isn’t it bizarre that no light comes on when hundreds of letters go to the same address? I really think this is benefit fraud and that people need an address in the Netherlands. ”
The letter that Wendy and her colleague opened on Tuesday to inform the UWV again was about a medical statement. “Probably for a WIA benefit,” concludes Van der Zalm.
“This just isn’t about anything. No attention is paid. “” And if Wendy returns the letters, she will get them back a little later. “It’s just a circle.”
Research for quite some time
In a response, the benefits agency announced on Wednesday afternoon that an investigation has been underway for some time into (possible) benefit fraud due to multiple benefits at the address of the campsite.
In order not to endanger the investigation, it cannot be discussed further. “We are still investigating what exactly happened in this case with the reports from the VVE of the park and will also contact the VVE about this.”
After a day of research, ING Bank announced that it is in principle not surprising that there are several people at one address. “Think, for example, of a student house. That is why no bell has started to ring. ”
But in this case, the bank will continue to investigate what is going on. “Everyone can open a bank account, but in this case it is especially annoying for the recreation park.”
At first Van der Zalm thought it was funny, but now it is starting to get very annoying. “We have now had perhaps a total of 20,000 letters that are not intended for us,” says Wendy with a smile. But actually she can no longer laugh at all. “It’s fun at first, but it drives us crazy now.”
By looking for publicity after seven years, they finally hope at the campsite for a good investigation by the UWV and that they will be left alone.