A 35-year-old man and 36-year-old woman were arrested after HMRC’s Taxpayer Protection Taskforce officers executed a search warrant. The West Yorkshire pair were targeted following an HMRC investigation into a multi-million-pound fraud.
Both were apprehended on suspicion of cheating the public revenue, VAT evasion and money laundering, HMRC announced today in a press release.
The pair face two separate charges – a suspected £3.4m Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) fraud, and a suspected multi-million-pound tax fraud.
Both have been released under investigation, but over £6m in funds controlled by the two has been frozen by HMRC.
“The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is part of the collective national effort to protect jobs,” said HMRC Taxpayer Protection Taskforce director Janet Alexnder. “The vast majority of employers will have used the CJRS responsibly, but we will not hesitate to act on reports of abuse of the scheme or any HMRC administered Covid-19 support packages.”
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