RIGA - The head of the insurance service department at the welfare office in Valka is behind bars after a pregnant close relative received an exceptionally generous maternity benefit.The mother to be, identified by police only as Svetlana S., received 26,250 lats ($45,250) in maternity benefits this February, more than enough to buy a house and car, and still have money left over. The average benefit awarded each woman is 227 lats and the highest granted so far in Valka, a town in northern Latvia, was 340 lats."Maternity benefits are usually paid at the minimum level," said Dzintra Vale, he...
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