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Subject: UK man arrested over £495,000 'furlough fraud'

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/09/20 at 9:59 am

A man has been arrested on suspicion of defrauding the government's furlough scheme out of £495,000. The arrest, thought to be the first relating to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), was carried out in Solihull in the West Midlands. Computers were seized and funds frozen in the 57-year-old man's business bank account, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said. More than £27bn has been claimed in total through the scheme, HMRC added. The furlough scheme was designed to help people put on leave because of the outbreak, and prevent mass redundancies.

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