FRAUDULENT COVID-19 UNEMPLOYMENT PAYMENTS

23 Jun: SIX ARRESTED FOR SIPHONING €12 MILLION IN FRAUDULENT COVID-19 UNEMPLOYMENT PAYMENTS FROM FRANCE

(Source: Europol)

Close to €2 million worth in cash was seized and over €6 million on bank accounts recovered as result of this coordinated action

On 16 June, officers from the French National Gendarmerie (Gendarmerie Nationale) and the Israeli Police (משטרת ישראל‎) closed in on the members of an organised crime group running a sophisticated benefit fraud scheme on either side the Mediterranean Sea. A total of six individuals were arrested in various locations across France.

This criminal syndicate is believed to have swindled the French State out of €12 million in COVID-19 unemployment benefits by using 3 600 shell companies to claim the …