Two arrests for half a million euros fraud with European subsidies

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The investigation service of the Labor Inspectorate has arrested two Dutch people in an investigation into fraud involving European subsidies. The men (50 and 55 years old) are suspected of committing forgery. They would eventually have captured almost half a million euros, among other things by increasing work that was never carried out.

The two were arrested in Eindhoven and Roermond. Together they ran an organization and consultancy firm in Eindhoven.

The agency was hired by companies looking for training to keep their employees healthy and motivated. Those companies could claim a European subsidy if they called in the Brabant consultancy.

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It is suspected that, among other things, the suspects stated twice as much work on their invoices than had actually been performed. As a result, more funding could be obtained.

They may also have used contrainvoices. The consultancy then sent an invoice to a company, explains a spokesman for the Labor Inspectorate, and a company then sent another invoice back to the consultancy. For example, a subsidy was claimed from the European Social Fund that could not be claimed, or to a lesser extent.

The consultancy had been bankrupt for some time, but the two were still arrested. In addition, there have been two searches in Eindhoven and the Belgian municipality of Hamont-Achel, where laptops, telephones, hard drives, administration and expensive watches, among other things, were seized. A house in Hamont-Achel was also seized.

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