An accountant and company director were detained on Thursday (10 September) on a suspected £70,000 case of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) fraud following an HMRC investigation.
Today, HMRC announced the arrest of two people in London on suspicion of furlough fraud as part of its investigations in order to crack down on abuse of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).
A 43-year-old male accountant and a 51-year-old female company director were taken in on suspicion of fraud by false representation and money laundering. The accountant was also accused of fraud by abuse of position.
They have now been released under investigation – digital devices and business records have been seized.
“The CJRS is part of the collective national effort to protect jobs,” said assistant director of HMRC Fraud Investigation Service Terry Braithwaite.
“While most employers have used the scheme responsibly, this is taxpayers’ money and HMRC will not hesitate to act on reports of abuse of the scheme.”