International tax fraud gang arrested
Four people from the West Midlands have been arrested, suspected of carrying out a £5m international tax credit and maternity allowance fraud in a joint operation by HMRC, West Midlands Police and the Department for Work and Pensions.
The three men and one woman were arrested during dawn raids, HMRC said.
HMRC investigators and police officers swooped on five residential and two business addresses in Tipton, Dudley, West Bromwich, Handsworth and Bewdley, seizing computers, business records, paperwork, mobile phones and cash. Four vehicles were also searched, including a Mercedes and a Rover.