When checking the work of the Pension Fund of Russia (PFR), the Accounts Chamber revealed serious errors in the system of calculating pensions and massive violations of the rights of pensioners. They led to the fact that the pensions of some Russians turned out to be less than expected, while others continued to accrue payments even after death. About mistakes found in the pension system, it says in the auditors’ report on the results of the audit of the work of the FIU for 2017-2019.
As established in the Accounts Chamber, the imperfection of the system led to the fact that the Pension Fund continues to pay pensions to “dead souls” – Russians who have already died, but information about this has not yet reached the Pension Fund. According to the results of the audit only at two territorial bodies of the PFR, the Accounts Chamber revealed an overpayment in the amount of 377 million rubles. The money was withdrawn from the accounts of the deceased by their relatives. It is difficult to return such funds: this can be done through a court or with the voluntary consent of the recipient to reimburse the FIU of the funds.
million rubles were overpayments of pensions to “dead souls”
Another problem identified by the auditors was errors in personified accounting. For example, the Pension Fund could open two or more pension accounts for the same person, which in the end were not merged. Another scenario was the assignment of the same insurance number of an individual personal account (SNILS) to several people at once.
In this case, if at the time of the onset of retirement age a Russian had two or more accounts, the payment could be assigned on the basis of data on insurance premiums from only one of them. As a result, the size of the Russian citizen’s pension decreased, and his rights were violated. Subsequently, the accounts were merged, and the amount of pensions was adjusted, however, the adjustment did not occur from the moment the pension was assigned, but from the moment the accounts were merged.
The document notes that out of 45 audited pension cases that went through the procedure for combining accounts, more than 50 percent of the size of pensions was brought in line with the law only during the audit. Pensioners received additional 2.2 million rubles, the Accounts Chamber reported.
The reason for the appearance of “double” accounts is the incorrect filling out of the questionnaires by citizens, errors in the names, date and place of birth, said the Interregional Information Center of the PFR. In addition, a “split” can occur if a new account is opened for a Russian when the details change, for example, a change of name, writes RBC. The Accounts Chamber explained that in this case, the problem lies in the PFR’s system of work, which does not require the surname that was at birth to be indicated in their questionnaires, which is a violation of the law. According to the ministry, the pension rights of women are more often violated, since they often change their surname upon marriage.
Information about the payment of pensions to “dead souls” was received earlier. So, in 2018, a scandal erupted when in Petrozavodsk a former employee of the Russian Post was accused of embezzling almost 900 thousand rubles. The woman identified pensioners who, for some reason, for a long time did not come to receive their pensions and benefits, and, after waiting for a certain period, forged their signatures in the instructions for the delivery of pensions. Including she received pensions, which were accrued to already deceased Russians.
“Lenta.ru” applied to the Pension Fund with a request to comment on the report of the Accounts Chamber. At the time of publication of the material, the department did not respond to the request.
— to pledgetimes.com