A 32-year-old man has been arrested and released on bail as part of a joint investigation by the Metropolitan Police and HMRC into a fraudulent online tax rebate claims.
After being questioned on suspicion of fraud and money laundering at Bethnal Green police station last Thursday (3 Sept), the man was bailed to return on 3 December.
HMRC was tight-lipped about the ongoing investigation, which began in June after the tax authority became aware of an e-crime attack on its system and notified the Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU).
However a Metorpolitan Police statement commented that the investigation was looking into a “criminal network believed to be stealing money from HMRC through fraudulent claims via the self-assessment tax repayments system”. The scale of the fraud could be over £1m, the police added.