This emerges from a decision made public on Tuesday by the court in the north of the Netherlands.
Since 2014, women have received a so-called WIA benefit, a benefit intended for people who are totally or partially incapacitated for work due to illness.
In October 2018, the UWV received anonymous information that the woman regularly sold clothes and other items on Marktplaats and Facebook without informing the benefit agency.
After investigation, the UWV demanded more than 20,000 euros in unfairly received allowances from him in 2020. The allowances agency also fined him more than 2,000 euros.
The woman disagreed. After her objection to resuming in 2021 was overruled by the UWV, she went to court.
According to the woman, the UWV conducted an inadequate investigation and treated her unfairly. She also said the amount claimed was too high, in part because her purchase and shipping costs were not adequately accounted for.
She also feels that proceeds from her own clothing and personal effects that were surplus after a move should not be included in her income. The woman also told the UWV that she used the profits to buy drugs.
duty to inform
Since the recent pronunciation it seems that the court in Groningen dismissed his arguments.
First, the court finds that the woman violated her duty to inform by not declaring her income from structural sales on the Internet. “It could have been clear to her that this could affect her right to the benefit and its amount.”
Moreover, due to lack of documents, the woman was unable to prove that she had received 8,000 euros in purchase and shipping costs, instead of the 4,000 euros that the UWV assumes on the basis of account information. The court also ruled that proceeds from personal effects also counted as income.
This means that the judge’s wife must repay more than 22,000 euros to the UWV. She will also not be reimbursed for her legal costs.