Six yrs in jail for basic-income cheats'

Measures to foil fraudsters says deputy PM

(ANSA) - Rome, October 4 - Recipients of the government's planned basic income who cheat on the job seekers' allowance will get six years in jail, the architect of the plan, Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio, said Thursday.
    The 780-euro-a-month benefit "doesn't give a single euro to those who sit on their sofas, because they'll have their whole days full of training and socially useful work and they won't have the time to work in the black (economy) and if they cheat they'll get six years in jail for unlawful statements," said the leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement.
    Di Maio, who is also labour and industry minister, told the Senate question-time session that he had inserted "a series of measures that will combat cheats".