Prosecution carried out 46 checks on documents issued by MEEBs

In the period 2017-2018, the prosecuting magistracy carried out a total of 46 checks of documents issued by Medical Expert Evaluation Boards (MEEBs), compared to over 40 checks done since the beginning of 2019, Deputy Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev said at a briefing Tuesday.

One of the checks showed that nearly 30% of people in Silistra (on the Danube River) have received medical expert evaluations. On Monday, a police operation in Varna (on the Black Sea) revealed a crime group of five doctors and one accomplice. One of the doctors was a Syrian national.

The scheme included mediators encouraging healthy people to get a fake medical expert evaluation in order to receive money, thus making it possible for unemployed people to be granted a high disability percentage. The search revealed a profit of almost two million levs.

Interior Ministry Chief Secretary Ivaylo Ivanov explained that general practitioners issued fake diagnosis documents. Part of the money went to scheme organisers to issue medical expert evaluations which cost about 1,500-2,000 levs. One of the requirements was for candidates to be of other than Roma descent. Most of the “patients” were of Turkish descent.

Chief Directorate for Combating Organised Crime Director Ivaylo Spiridonov said that work on the case started in May 2018.

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